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Table 1 Decedent and respondent characteristics

From: Specialist palliative care support is associated with improved pain relief at home during the last 3 months of life in patients with advanced disease: analysis of 5-year data from the national survey of bereaved people (VOICES)

  Number of respondents Unweighted % [95%% CI] Weighted % [95%% CI]
Decedent’s age
 18–74 14,888 34.2 (33.8–34.7) 39.1 (39.0–39.3)
 75–84 13,903 32.0 (31.5–32.4) 30.9 (30.7–31.0)
 85+ 14,718 33.8 (33.4–34.3) 30.0 (29.8–30.1)
Decedent’s gender
 Male 20,820 47.9 (47.4–48.3) 48.4 (48.2–48.6)
 Female 22,689 52.1 (51.7–52.6) 51.6 (51.5–51.8)
Cause of death
 Cancer 21,737 50.0 (49.5–50.4) 48.8 (48.6–48.9)
 Non-cancer 21,772 50.0 (49.6–50.5) 51.2 (51.1–51.4)
Deprivation (IMD)
 1 (most deprived) 7197 16.5 (16.2–16.9) 18.6 (18.5–18.8)
 2 8191 18.8 (18.5–19.2) 19.8 (19.7–20.0)
 3 9476 21.8 (21.4–22.2) 21.5 (21.4–21.7)
 4 9458 21.8 (21.4–22.2) 20.7 (20.5–20.8)
 5 (least deprived) 9187 21.1 (20.7–21.5) 19.4 (19.3–19.5)
Length of illness prior to death
 < 1 month 4607 10.7 (10.4–11.0) 10.5 (10.4–10.4)
 > 1 month, < 6 month 9745 22.6 (22.2–23.0) 22.0 (21.9–22.1)
 > 6 month, < 1 year 6631 15.4 (15.1–15.7) 15.4 (15.2–15.5)
 > 1 year 22,106 51.3 (50.8–51.8) 52.1 (52.0–52.3)
Respondent’s age
 18–49 7663 17.9 (17.5–18.2) 19.6 (19.5–19.7)
 50–59 12,531 29.1 (28.7–29.6) 29.1 (29.0–29.3)
 60–69 13,772 31.2 (30.8–31.7) 30.5 (30.4–30.7)
 70–79 6594 15.3 (15.0–15.7) 14.8 (14.7–14.9)
 80+ 2952 06.5 (06.3–06.8) 06.0 (05.9–06.1)
Respondent’s gender
 Male 16,632 40.3 (39.8–40.7) 40.3 (40.2–40.5)
 Female 24,690 59.7 (59.3–60.2) 59.7 (59.5–59.8)
Respondent’s relationship to decedents
 Wife/husband/partner 14,670 34.2 (33.8–34.7) 35.5 (35.4–35.7)
 Son/daughter 22,745 53.1 (52.6–53.6) 50.7 (50.5–50.9)
 Other 5420 12.7 (12.3–13.0) 13.8 (13.6–13.9)