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Table 2 Demographic and referral data at a patient level for all people in the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration database July 1 – December 31, 2009, by Socio-Economic Index for Areas of Disadvantage (2006 Census data; SEIFA)

From: Referral patterns and proximity to palliative care inpatient services by level of socio-economic disadvantage. A national study using spatial analysis

Patient-level data SEIFA Group
Low2 Medium High2 Total
n % n % n % n %
Diagnosis Cancer 2,781 83% 2,580 81% 1,961 82% 7,322 82%
Non cancer 577 17% 614 19% 437 18% 1,628 18%
Gender Male 2,114 56% 1,869 54% 1,447 51% 5,430 54%
Female 1,630 44% 1,597 46% 1,396 49% 4,623 46%
Referral to specialist palliative care service1 3,751 37% 3,470 34% 2,843 28% 10,064 100%
  1. 1 Significant difference in SEIFA groups (Chi square: p < 0.001).
  2. 2 SEIFA low – most disadvantaged; SEIFA high – most advantaged.