Table 3

Characteristics of preventable/modifiable deaths

Preventable or modifiable factors (n=169)Non-preventable or modifiable factors (n=4)Insufficient data to determine if death was preventable (n=70)
Age (Mean±SD)43±1757±1046±17
Gender90M 79F2M 2F34M 36F
SEIFA985±74980±98968±70
Location of death
 Home/friends (n=145)122 (84%)4 (3%)19 (13%)
 Hospital/GP (n=20)14 (70%)06 (30%)
 Ambulance/on way to hospital (n=13)12 (92%)01 (8%)
 Public place (n=11)11 (100%)00
 Residential care (n=6)3 (50%)03 (50%)
 Missing (n=47)8 (17%)039 (83%)
Psychosocial issues (n=106)93 (88%)2 (2%)11 (10%)
Drug and alcohol abuse (n=83)78 (85%)1 (1%)4 (4%)
Delay in seeking help (n=63)57 (89%)6 (9%)
Respiratory tract infection (n=39)31 (80%)3 (7%)5 (13%)
Sudden onset (n=111)90 (81%)21 (19%)
  • SEIFA, Socioeconomic Index For Areas; GP, general practitioner.