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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of demographic and geographic information

From: Delivery of health care at the end of life in cancer patients of four swiss cantons: a retrospective database study (SAKK 89/09)

  All BS/BL TI VS ZH
Overall (expected) N = 3809 (2869) N =378 (350) 9.8% (12.2%) N =926 (493) 23.8% (17.2%) N =363 (252) 9.4% (8.8%) N =2142 (1773) 55.3% (61.8%)
Gender Male 52.7% 57.1% 55.0% 55.4% 50.4%
Female 47.3% 42.9% 45.0% 44.6% 49.6%
Cancer diagnosis Colon 7.9% 8.5% 7.8% 5.5% 8.3%
Hematologic 6.7% 4.8% 9.1% 1.4% 6.9%
Lung 14.6% 14.6% 13.3% 17.1% 14.8%
Breast 9.9% 9.3% 8.3% 7.2% 11.2%
Prostate 10.4% 7.9% 9.1% 8.3% 11.7%
Other 50.5% 55.0% 52.5% 60.6% 47.1%
Hospital supplementary insurance status No HSI 32.1% 35.7% 26.5% 38.8% 32.8%
ECO 39.9% 34.9% 45.0% 50.2% 36.8%
SP + P 28.0% 29.4% 28.5% 11.0% 30.4%
Borough type City + Agglomeration 91.9% 95.8% 89.1% 65.0% 97.0%
Rural 8.1% 4.2% 10.9% 35.0% 3.0%
Age Mean 75.5 75.3 76.8 76.2 74.8
Median 77.3 77.0 78.6 78.0 76.8
SDEV 12.2 11.6 11.8 12.5 12.3
Range 23-102 40-102 25-101 29-102 23-102
Time from first diagnosis until death (years) Mean 4.15 4.60 3.02 4.64 4.49
Median 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
SDEV 5.28 6.17 5.08 5.98 5.76
Range <1 year-27 <1 year-27 <1 year-12 <1 year-19 <1 year-27
  1. Legend: Hospital supplementary insurance status: no HSI = no hospital supplementary insurance, ECO = basic hospital supplementary insurance, SP + P = semi private and private hospital supplementary insurance (2 or single bed room), SDEV = standard deviation.