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Table 3 Types of cancer care in the last three months by geographical location (N = 792)

From: Geographical disparities in treatment and health care costs for end-of-life cancer patients in China: a retrospective study

Characteristics Urban (N = 195) Rural (N = 597) P- value Western (N = 162) Central
(N = 242)
Eastern
(N = 388)
P - value
Type of treatment (before doctors determined no further treatment to be provided), No. (%)    0.00     0.00
 Life-extending treatment 124 (63.59) 255 (42.71)   90 (55.56) 92 (38.02) 197 (50.77)  
 Conservative treatment 71 (36.41) 317 (57.29)   72(44.44) 150(61.98) 191 (49.23)  
Health care utilization
 Hospital (include hospice), No. (%)    0.00     0.00
  Yes 179 (91.79) 431 (72.19)   139 (85.80) 172 (71.07) 299 (77.06)  
  No 16 (8.21) 166 (27.81)   23 (14.20) 70 (28.94) 89 (22.94)  
 Per capita hospital admissions, mean (SD) 2.13 (2.02) 1.51 (1.62) 0.00 2.02 (1.52) 1.44 (1.43) 1.66 (1.97) 0.00
 Per capita hospital days, mean (SD) 41.13 (30.00) 23.49 (25.28)   27.22 (22.23) 25.24 (26.77) 29.72 (29.90) 0.00
 Hospice care, No. (%)    0.00     0.00
  Yes 24 (12.31) 16 (2.68)   18 (11.11) 10 (4.13) 12 (3.09)  
  No 171 (87.69) 538 (97.32)   98 (88.89) 232 (95.87) 376 (96.81)