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Table 1 Descriptive patient characteristics included in analysis, 2007-2011

From: Place of death and health care utilization for people in the last 6 months of life in Switzerland: a retrospective analysis using administrative data

  Total Place of death    p a)
   Home Hospital Nursing home  
n 58,732 15,597 22,532 20,603  
proportion 1.000 .266 .384 .351  
Age      
mean 79.3 73.4 76.5 87.0 ***
sd 14.3 17.5 13.2 8.2  
Sex (in%)      
Male .464 .331 .433 .236 ***
Female .536 .209 .341 .450  
Deductible class (in%)      
Low .945 .256 .381 .363 ***
High (> Swiss francs 500) .055 .434 .427 .139  
Managed care plan (in%)      
No .901 .263 .381 .355 ***
Yes .099 .285 .403 .312  
Private hospital insurance (in%)      
No .809 .264 .363 .374 ***
Yes .191 .274 .473 .253  
Type of residence (in%)      
City .335 .249 .384 .367 ***
Agglomeration .428 .264 .394 .342  
Rural area .236 .292 .364 .344  
Multiple chronic condition (in%)      
No .815 .273 .352 .375 ***
Yes (>2 conditions) .185 .234 .523 .242  
Latin canton (in%)      
No .748 .275 .367 .358 ***
Yes .252 .238 .434 .329  
  1. Latin cantons include the cantons Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchatel, Ticino, Vaud and Valais * P < 0.10, ** P < 0.05, *** P < 0.01.
  2. a) Significance level: Kruskal-Wallis-test was used to check for significant differences in age, chi-square-test for differences in the categorical variables.