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Table 4 Characteristics of hospice patients admitted during the peak period (May/June 2003) of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, stratified by accreditation level

From: Hospice utilization during the SARS outbreak in Taiwan

  Academic medical centres (N = 372), n (%) Metropolitan hospitals (N = 165), n (%) Local community hospitals (N = 29), n (%) P value
Gender     0.582*
   Female 159 (42.7) 75 (45.5) 15 (51.7)  
   Male 213 (57.3) 95 (54.5) 14 (48.3)  
Age in years 65.2 (SD 15.2) 64.3 (SD 14.3) 59.0 (SD 15.2) 0.091**
Primary diagnosis     
   Ca of trachea, bronchus, & lung 63 (16.9) 30 (18.2) 5 (17.2)  
   Ca of liver & intrahepatic bile ducts 58 (15.6) 31 (18.8) 4 (13.8)  
   Ca of colon 26 (7.0) 10 (6.1) 1 (3.4)  
   Ca of female breast 23 (6.2) 13 (7.9) 4 (13.8)  
   Ca of stomach 21 (5.6) 8 (4.8) 1 (3.4)  
   Ca of pancreas 17 (4.6) 6 (3.6) 1 (3.4)  
   Ca of rectum, rectosigmoid junction, & anus 16 (4.3) 4 (2.4) 1 (3.4)  
   Ca of cervix uteri 10 (2.7) 7 (4.2) 2 (6.9)  
   Others 138 (37.1) 56 (33.9) 10 (34.5)  
  1. *Pearson's chi-square test, two-sided.
  2. **One-way analysis of variance, F (df) = 2.403 (2, 563).