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Table 1 Characteristics of decedents aged 18 years or more in NSW in 2007 (n = 45,749)

From: Acute hospital-based services used by adults during the last year of life in New South Wales, Australia: a population-based retrospective cohort study

  No. of deaths % of deaths
Age at death
 18–59 5722 13
 60–79 15,723 34
 80–89 16,354 36
 90+ 7950 17
Sex
 Female 22,422 49
 Male 23,117 51
 Unknown 210 0.5
Country of birth
 Australia 33,862 74
 Other 11,536 25
 Unknown 351 1
Marital status
 Never married 4120 9
 Married (including de facto) 18,262 40
 Widowed 14,281 31
 Separated/Divorced 2949 6
 Unknown 6137 13
Interpreter required
 No 36,522 80
 Yes 1651 4
 Unknown 7576 17
Place of residencea
 Major cities 30,901 68
 Inner regional 10,990 24
 Outer regional 3175 7
 Remote / Very remote 221 0.5
 Unknown 462 1
Socioeconomic statusb
 Most disadvantaged quintile 9045 20
 Quintile 2 10,207 22
 Quintile 3 10,169 22
 Quintile 4 7878 17
 Least disadvantaged quintile 7943 17
 Unknown 507 1
Cause of death
 Diseases of the circulatory system 15,500 34
 Cancer 13,441 29
 Other causes 15,226 33
 Cause of death not available 1582 3
  1. aBased on Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Accessibility Remoteness Index for Australia
  2. bUsing population-based quintiles of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ index of relative disadvantage