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Table 2 Characteristics of hospice patients admitted during the peak period of the severe acute respiratory syndrome and one year earlier

From: Hospice utilization during the SARS outbreak in Taiwan

  Admission in May/June 2002 (N = 818), n (%) Admission in May/June 2003 (N = 566), n (%) P value
Gender    0.669*
   Female 352 (43.0) 249 (44.0)  
   Male 465 (56.8) 317 (56.0)  
   Unknown 1 (0.1)   
Age in years 64.6 (SD 14.6) 64.6 (SD 15.0) 0.946**
Primary diagnosis    0.981*
   Ca of trachea, bronchus, & lung 147 (18.0) 98 (17.3)  
   Ca of liver & intrahepatic bile ducts 140 (17.1) 93 (16.4)  
   Ca of colon 56 (6.8) 37 (6.5)  
   Ca of female breast 48 (5.9) 40 (7.1)  
   Ca of stomach 51 (6.2) 30 (5.3)  
   Ca of pancreas 37 (4.5) 24 (4.2)  
   Ca of rectum, rectosigmoid junction, & anus 32 (3.9) 21 (3.7)  
   Ca of cervix uteri 29 (3.5) 19 (3.4)  
   Others 278 (34.0) 204 (36.0)  
  1. *Pearson's chi-square test, two-sided.
  2. **Two-sample t-test, two-tailed.