Table 3

Palliative care provision by strong opioid prescription within the last twelve months of life

Strong opioid prescription within last year of lifePalliative care provision (n=2479)Subgroup receiving palliative care (n=1598)
Not receivedReceivedNo of palliative eventsTime between first contact with palliative care and death
No (%)No (%)Median (IQR)Median (IQR)
Yes222 (25.2)862 (53.9)2 events (1–4)9 weeks (3–26)
No655 (74.3)736 (46.1)1 event (1–2)4 weeks (1–12)
Missing4 (0.5)0 (0.0)
Statistical test(1)=188.54, P<0.001)(M–W=226 447, P<0.001)(M–W=233 259, P<0.001)
  •  χ2, (df shown in brackets).

  • M–W, Mann-Whitney U test.