Table 1

Characteristics of study population

CharacteristicsNoPer cent
Gender
 Male48 06744.3
 Female60 44355.7
Age at death
 60–6933983.13
 70–7925 86323.83
 80–8946 66443.0
 90+32 58530.03
Primary cause of death
 Cancer25 40623.4
 Other16 77015.5
 Dementia11 73910.8
 Other respiratory diseases10 6139.8
 Ischeamic heart diseases12 47711.5
 Other circulatory diseases84927.8
 Cereberovascular diseases70276.5
 COPD56915.2
 Diseases of the nervous system*56465.2
 External causes21512
 Heart failure13821.3
 Infectious diseases11161.0
No of comorbidities†
 060 64655.9
 1–342 39439.1
 4–628852.7
 7+25852.4
Index of Multiple Deprivation
 First (most deprived)23 70121.8
 Second24 31322.4
 Third24 82522.9
 Fourth19 56818
 Fifth (least deprived)16 10314.8
Region
North East15911.5
North West16 71715.4
Yorkshire and The Humber22142.0
West Midlands13 86712.8
East of England93508.6
South West13 28212.2
South Central17 92516.5
London12 39411.4
South East Coast21 17019.5
Total108 510100
  • *Includes mainly Alzheimer’s, Parkinson and motor neuron diseases.

  • †Derived from hospital data (primary diagnosis).

  • COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.