Table 4

Likelihood of patients having a preferred place of death discussion by demographic and clinical characteristics

FactorsPreferred place discussion recordedOR (95% CI)
Yes
n=453 (50.8%)
No
n=439 (49.2%)
Gender
Male242 (46.5)278 (53.5)1.00
Female211 (56.7)161 (43.3) 1.51 (1.15 to 1.97)
Age at death (years)
≤74192 (52.9)171 (47.1)1.15 (0.88 to 1.51)
75+261 (49.3)268 (50.7)1.00
IMD category*
Most affluent1189 (57.6)139 (42.4)1.00
2137 (45.2)166 (54.8) 0.61 (0.44 to 0.83)
Most deprived3126 (48.5)134 (51.5) 0.69 (0.50 to 0.96)
Time from diagnosis to death (months)
0–6 months113 (53.6)98 (46.4)1.16 (0.85 to 1.58)
6+months340 (49.9)341 (50.1)1.00
Underlying cause of death†
Haematological malignancy350 (58.1)252 (41.9) 2.52 (1.89 to 3.37)
Other103 (35.5)187 (64.5)1.00
Patient lived alone‡
Yes138 (55.9)109 (44.1)1.33 (0.99 to 1.78)
No315 (48.8)330 (51.2)1.00
Hospital-based SPC referral§
Yes261 (81.8)58 (18.2) 8.93 (6.40 to 12.46)
No192 (33.5)381 (66.5)1.00
  • Bold font indicates statistical significance.

  • *Index of Multiple Deprivation (income domain): one patient with missing data.

  • †Derived from death certificate data, Medical Research Information Service.

  • ‡No includes 24 where patient living circumstances were ‘unknown’.

  • §Specialist palliative care: ‘No’ includes 25 patients where SPC is ‘Unknown’.