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Table 1 Hospital use in the last three months of life (N = 319) *

From: Hospitalisations at the end of life: using a sentinel surveillance network to study hospital use and associated patient, disease and healthcare factors

   N (%)
Not hospitalised   127 (39.8)
Hospitalised at least one day   192 (60.2)
  Hospitalised once 155 (80.7)
  Hospitalised twice 36 (18.8)
  Hospitalised three times 1 (0.5)
If hospitalised in the last three months of life (N = 192):
Mean [sd] length of hospital stay in days 26.2 [23.9]
Median [interquartile range] length of hospital stay in days 19 [9 – 35]
Last hospital admission [number (%) of hospital deaths] in last week before death: 34 (17.7) [33 (97.1)]
  in second to fourth week before death: 67 (34.9) [52 (77.6)]
  in second to third month before death: 91 (47.4) [53 (58.2)]
Death in hospital   [138 (71.9)]
  1. * Within this population, we observed no differences between the reported deaths occurring between April and June of 2004 and the last death before this period regarding number of hospitalisations, length nor timing of hospital stay at the end of life.