Table 1

Characteristics of 141 patients referred for palliative assessment for whom all data were available, according to prognostic group

TotalGroup A (more severe prognosis)Group B (less severe prognosis)P value
N=141 (100%)N=93 (66%)N=48 (34%)B versus C
Sex, N (%)
Male93 (66)60 (64.5)33 (68.8)0.7526
Female48 (34)33 (35.5)15 (31.2)
Age (year)
Median (IQR)79.0 (11)81 (10)76 (9.5)<0.001
Days from hospitalisation to PC referral**
Mean (SD)4.1 (4.6)4.4 (5.2)3.7 (2.9)0.3186
Median (IQR)3.0 (5.0)3.0 (5.0)4.0 (5.0)0.9341
Duration of palliative care (PC) intervention (days)
Mean (SD)4.7 (4.7)2.7 (2.6)8.6 (5.3)<0.001
Median (IQR)3.0 (4.0)2.0 (2.0)7.0 (7.5)<0.001
No of assessments for each patient
Mean (SD)4.3 (4.6)2.4 (2.6)8.1 (5.4)<0.001
Median (IQR)3.0 (4.0)2.0 (7.0)7.0 (7.3)<0.001
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)/oxygen
CPAP45 (68.1)22 (23.7)23 (47.9)<0.01
Oxygen only96 (31.9)71 (76.3)25 (52.1)
Opioids **
Yes111 (80.4)76 (82.6)35 (76.1)0.3714
No27 (19.6)16 (17.4)11 (23.9)
Outcome, N (%)
Deceased116 (82.3)86 (92.5)30 (62.5)<0.001
Recovered15 (10.6)2 (2.15)13 (27.1)
Continuing PC support10 (7.1)5 (5.38)5 (10.4)
  • * Five missing

  • ** Three missing