Table 4

Level of palliative care (PC) stratified by timing of PC (n=32 768)

CharacteristicEarly PC*Late PC†Very late PC‡
N (%)N (%)N (%)
Overall no. of decedents 8882 (27)8085 (25)15801 (48)
Proportion of specialist PC 1027 (12)997 (12)1909 (12)
Proportion of generalist PC 7855 (88)7088 (88)13 892 (88)
  • *Early PC; initiated >90 days before death.

  • †Late PC; initiated ≤90 days and >30 days before death.

  • ‡Very late PC; initiated ≤30 days before death.