Table 2

Palliative care provision by place of death

Place of deathPalliative care provision (n=2479)Subgroup receiving palliative care (n=1598)
Not receivedReceivedPost hocNo of palliative eventsTime between first contact with palliative care and death
No (%)No (%)Median (IQR)Post hocMedian (IQR)Post hoc
Own home280 (31.8)429 (26.8)<0.052 events (1–3)i7 weeks (2.5–17)i, ii
Hospice128 (14.5)629 (39.4)<0.052 events (1–3)ii7 weeks (3–19)iii, iv
Hospital353 (40.1)372 (23.3)<0.052 events (1–2)i, ii, iii3 weeks (1–14)i, iii, v
Care home106 (12.0)139 (8.7)<0.052 events (1–3)iii13 weeks (4–35)ii, iv, v
Other1 (0.1)0 (0.0)
Unknown13 (1.5)29 (1.8)
Statistical test(3)=180.52, P<0.001)(K–W (3)=128.14, P<0.001)(K–W (3)=75.77, P<0.001)
  • χ2, (df shown in brackets); Post hoc, multiple comparison z-test statistics comparing mean ranks for each possible two category comparison group; i, ii, iii, iv, v links categories where post hoc comparison groups which resulted in a P value less than 0.05 (after adjusting using the Bonferroni correction).

  • K–W, Kruskal-Wallis H test.