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Table 5 Characteristics of hospice patients admitted during the peak period (May/June 2003) of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, stratified by location

From: Hospice utilization during the SARS outbreak in Taiwan

  Northern Taiwan (N = 225), n (%) Middle Taiwan (N = 35), n (%) Southern Taiwan (N = 248), n (%) Eastern Taiwan (N = 58), n (%) P value
Gender      0.311*
   Female 106 (47.1) 11 (31.4) 109 (44.0) 23 (39.7)  
   Male 119 (52.9) 24 (68.6) 139 (56.8) 25 (60.3)  
Age in years 66.6 (SD 14.7) 61.6 (SD 16.7) 62.5 (SD 14.8) 67.9 (SD 14.3) 0.005**
Primary diagnosis      
   Ca of trachea, bronchus, & lung 42 (18.7) 5 (14.3) 43 (17.3) 8 (13.8)  
   Ca of liver & intrahepatic bile ducts 38 (16.9) 4 (11.4) 42 (16.9) 9 (15.5)  
   Ca of colon 12 (5.3) 1 (2.9) 18 (7.3) 6 (10.3)  
   Ca of female breast 17 (7.6)   20 (8.1) 3 (5.2)  
   Ca of stomach 13 (5.8) 1 (2.9) 15 (6.0) 1 (1.7)  
   Ca of pancreas 7 (3.1) 4 (11.4) 10 (4.0) 3 (5.2)  
   Ca of rectum, rectosigmoid junction, & anus 9 (4.0) 1 (2.9) 8 (3.2) 3 (5.2)  
   Ca of cervix uteri 3 (1.3)   14 (5.6) 2 (3.4)  
   Others 84 (37.3) 19 (54.3) 78 (31.5) 23 (39.7)  
  1. *Pearson's chi-square test, two-sided.
  2. **One-way analysis of variance, F (df) = 4.39 (3, 562).