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Table 4 Episode of care level data 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

Episode-level data   SEIFA group
   Low3 Medium High3 Total
   n % n % n % n %
Place of care1 Inpatient 2,919 63% 2,871 63% 2,358 71% 8,148 65%
Community 1,703 37% 1,693 37% 979 29% 4,375 35%
Phase at beginning of a patient’s palliative care episode Stable2 1,076 24% 971 23% 620 19% 2,667 22%
Unstable 1,786 40% 1,639 38% 1,405 44% 4,830 40%
Deteriorating 1,246 28% 1,367 32% 960 30% 3,573 30%
  Terminal 343 8% 320 7% 219 7% 882 7%
  1. (Episode changes every time physical place of care changes).
  2. 1 High SEIFA group significantly different from both other groups (multiple chi-square: largest p < 0.001).
  3. 2 High SEIFA group has a significantly lower proportion of episodes starting ‘Stable’(multiple chi-square; largest p = 0.001).
  4. 3 SEIFA low – most disadvantaged; SEIFA high – most advantaged.