Table 2

Number (and percentage) of people who had contacts with NHS telephone advice (NHS24), primary care out-of-hours (PCOOH), Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), emergency department (ED) and hospital admission for patients (18+) in the last year of life in Scotland (2016) by underlying cause of death, deprivation, place of residence, urban/rural classification (N=56 407)

NHS24PCOOHSASED attendanceHospital admission
All deceased persons% with contactNo with contact% with contactNo with contact% with contactNo with contact% with attendanceNo with attendance% with admissionNo with admission
Total*56 40759.733 65653.530 16173.941 67862.735 38374.942 253
Cause of death
 Cancer15 90263.410 07461.5978372.811 56962.0985788.314 039
 Organ failure21 24456.011 88845.6967878.916 77065.213 85173.215 559
 Frailty14 02366.0925861.7865467.8950958.9826266.49314
 Various227156.9129248.9111176.4173564.9147474.11683
 External296738.5114231.593570.6209565.3193755.91659
 P value<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
Deprivation quintile
 Most13 53759.8809346.6630777.210 44967.3911176.410 347
 212 81259.8766552.5672076.9985066.5851777.29892
 311 74759.2695955.8655872.3849860.0705073.98680
 4984059.8588358.8579071.5703258.7577572.97177
 Least831560.2500256.9473169.4577458.4485372.76044
 P value<0.758<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
Place of residence
 Home/Private47 81358.027 75150.724 22177.236 89165.631 36679.337 907
 Institution855868.8589169.3592855.7477046.7400050.64328
 P value<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
Urban/rural
 Large urban areas18 75060.611 35949.0918374.914 05363.311 86875.414 141
 Other urban areas20 37261.412 50553.910 98675.015 27066.813 61275.615 407
 Accessible small towns524457.7302655.9293474.1388462.9329774.93926
 Remote small towns236756.3133259.3140471.6169454.8129672.71721
 Accessible rural598959.6357058.9352671.9430459.1354274.34447
 Remote rural352951.3181058.7207368.0239847.9169170.82498
 P value<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
  • *The deprivation, place of residence and urban/rural categories do not add up to 56 407 due to incomplete data. Each of these categories has less than 0.3% missing data.