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Table 3 Logistic regression analyses of factors associated with 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

   Beta Standard Error Odds-ratios [95%CI] †
Hospitalised or not
Place of death wish expressed to GP not expressed:    1.00 [1.00-1.00]
  home or living with family: -0.603 0.348 0.547 [0.277–1.083]
  home for the elderly: -1.404 0.493 0.246 [0.093–0.645]
  elsewhere (hospital, palliative care unit): 0.263 0.678 1.301 [0.345–4.908]
Palliative care delivered by GP no    1.00 [1.00-1.00]
  yes -1.405 0.366 0.245 [0.120–0.503]
Cause of death (ICD-10) malignancies    1.00 [1.00-1.00]
  cardiovascular diseases -1.305 0.390 0.271 [0.126–0.582]
  diseases of the nervous system -0.284 0.902 0.753 [0.129–4.411]
  other -1.053 0.374 0.349 [0.168–0.726]
Treatment goal in last three months before death ‡ palliative:    1.00 [1.00-1.00]
  curative/life-prolonging: 1.686 0.517 5.398 [1.958–14.882]
  from curative/life-prolonging to palliative: 0.830 0.353 2.293 [1.147–4.584]
  1. * Multivariate logistic regression analyses for hospitalised (at least one day) (1) versus not hospitalised (0) patients; Missing values were included as a separate category if N>20; Variables entered in the regression were all variables significant in the bivariate analyses and cause of death, hospital beds in the healthcare area, degree of urbanization, and informal care provided [entered on the basis of results of other research e.g. (3)]. Interaction effects of the remaining variables were entered in the regression but not significant. No problems of multi-collinearity were observed.
  2. † Odds-ratios with 95% Confidence Intervals are displayed; significant relationships are bold; Model summary results: Nagelkerke R Square = 0.368; Percentage correctly predicted = 76%;
  3. ‡ the subcategory "from palliative to curative/life-prolonging (n = 2) was not included in analyses
  4. Abbreviations: GP = General Practitioners, ICD-10 = International Classification of Diseases version 10