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Table 1 Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of the participant sample

From: Are older and seriously ill inpatients planning ahead for future medical care?

  55 79 years(n = 65) 80 years or over(n = 116) Total(N = 186)
Sex
 Male 28 (43%) 49 (42%) 80 (43%)
 Female 37 (57%) 67 (58%) 106 (57%)
Australian born
 Yes 56 (86%) 104 (90%) 165 (89%)
 No 9 (14%) 12 (10%) 21 (11%)
Religion
 Catholic 20 (31%) 20 (18%) 40 (22%)
 Anglican 14 (22%) 31 (27%) 47 (26%)
 Muslim 4 (6.2%) 10 (8.8%) 14 (7.6%)
 No religion 16 (25%) 28 (25%) 45 (24%)
 Other 11 (17%) 25 (22%) 38 (21%)
Living arrangements
 Home alone 29 (45%) 58 (50%) 90 (49%)
 Spouse/partner 23 (35%) 29 (25%) 54 (29%)
 Relative 9 (14%) 17 (15%) 26 (14%)
 Nursing home 3 (4.6%) 6 (5.2%) 9 (4.9%)
 Other 1 (1.5%) 5 (4.3%) 6 (3.2%)
Reason for admission*
 Fall 13 (21%) 36 (31%) 49 (27%)
 Pneumonia 2 (3.2%) 5 (4.4%) 7 (3.9%)
 Shortness of breath 5 (7.9%) 9 (8.0%) 14 (7.7%)
 Fracture 0 4 (3.5%) 4 (2.2%)
 Infection 7 (11%) 8 (7.1%) 15 (8.8%)
 Other 47 (72%) 68 (60%) 115 (64%)
Medical conditions*
 Cancer 9 (14%) 15 (14%) 25 (14%)
 COPD 6 (9.4%) 10 (9.0%) 17 (9.4%)
 Heart failure 13 (20%) 21 (19%) 35 (19%)
 Renal disease 25 (39%) 10 (9.0%) 35 (19%)
 Diabetes 19 (30%) 11 (9.6%) 31 (17%)
 Other 40 (63%) 80 (72%) 123 (69%)
  1. *Multiple response items, column does not add to 100%. Column frequencies may not sum to 186 due to missing data