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Table 1 Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of Patients (N = 200)

From: A comparison of symptoms in older hospitalised cancer and non-cancer patients in need of palliative care: a secondary analysis of two cross-sectional studies

  Total sample (N = 200) Cancer patients (N = 100) Non-cancer patients (N = 100)
Mean (SD) N (%) Mean (SD) N (%) Mean (SD) N (%)
Age (years) 81.1 (7.8)   81.12 (7.5)   81.02 (8.0)  
Gender
 Male   99 (49.5)   49 (49.0)   50 (50.0)
 Female   101 (50.5)   51 (51.0)   50 (50.0)
Living status       
 Married   92 (46.0)   53 (53.0)   39 (39.0)
 Widow/widower   81 (40.5)   35 (35.0)   46 (46.0)
 Unmarried   27 (13.5)   12 (12.0)   15 (15.0)
Living arrangements
 Living alone   76 (38.0)   35 (35.0)   41 (41.0)
 Living with partner   94 (47.0)   53 (53.0)   41 (41.0)
 Living with others   30 (15.0)   12 (12.0)   18 (18.0)
Pathology
 Cancer   100 (50.0)   100 (100.0)   
 Heart failure   45 (22.5)     45 (45.0)
 Obstructive lung disease   27 (13.5)     27 (27.0)
 Renal failure   25 (12.5)     25 (25.0)
 Liver failure   3 (1.5)     3 (3.0)
Type of admitted ward
 Internal ward   154 (77.0)   82 (82.0)   72 (72.0)
 Geriatric ward   46 (23.0)   18 (18.0)   28 (28.0)
Number of comorbidities 2.1 (1.6)   2.2 (1.6)   2.1 (1.6)  
fTRSTa
 No risk profile   25 (12.4)   15 (15.0)   10 (10.0)
 Geriatric risk profile   175 (87.5)   85 (85.0)   90 (90.0)
  1. No statistical differences between the groups were observed using the independent sample t-test for continuous variables and the Chi-square test for nominal variables. SD: Standard Deviation; N: number of patients. afTRST: Flemish Triage Risk Screening Tool. A score of ≥ 2 represents a geriatric risk profile, while a score of 0 and 1 is considered to be normal