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Table 3 Demographic and proximity 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
   Low4 Medium High4
Age (years) Mean2 70.3 70.1 71.3
Median 72 72 73
IQR1 19 20 20
Distance from inpatient care (kilometres) Mean3 43.4 29.9 14.6
Median 9.9 9.4 8.1
  IQR1 25.8 14.6 9.9
  1. 1 Inter quartile range.
  2. 2 High SEIFA group significantly older than both other groups (multiple t-test: largest p = 0.002).
  3. 3 Low SEIFA group significantly greater than both other groups (multiple t-test: largest p < 0.001).
  4. 4 SEIFA low – most disadvantaged; SEIFA high – most advantaged.