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Table 5 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

    SEIFA group
Episode-level data   Low3 Medium High3
Episode length (elapsed days) Inpatient care1 (excluding day only admissions) Mean 11.5 11.6 13.9
Median 7 7 8
IQR 12 12 14
n 2,802 2,768 2,257
Community care2 (including day only admissions) Mean 46.9 42.9 41.8
Median 2 19 21
IQR 57 49 44
   n 1,233 1,355 792
  1. (Episode changes every time physical place of care changes).
  2. 1High SEIFA group significantly different from both other groups (multiple t-test: largest p < 0.001).
  3. 2 High SEIFA group significantly different from both other groups (multiple t-test:
  4. 3 SEIFA low – most disadvantaged; SEIFA high – most advantaged.