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Table 1 places of care of Italian cancer patients in the last three months of life.

From: Inequity in the provision of and access to palliative care for cancer patients. Results from the Italian survey of the dying of cancer (ISDOC)

  North West North East Center South Italy
Survey sample 604 209 241 217 1,271
Italian cancer deaths 3 47,988 32,954 35,772 38,732 155,446
Place of care 1 % 2 % 2 % 2 % 2 % 2
   Home 89.1 83.0 92.7 97.8 90.8
   Hospital 66.4 73.5 63.5 51.2 63.4
   Nursing home 11.9 13.5 6.5 0.9 8.3
   Hospice 0.5 1.4 1.1 - 0.7
Places of care (in detail)      
   Only home 26.9 17.0 32.3 47.9 31.3
   Only nursing home 5.5 7.7 3.9 0.9 4.5
   Only hospital 2.7 6.5 1.7 1.3 2.9
   Home and hospital 58.0 61.7 58.5 49.9 56.9
   Nursing home and hospital 2.7 1.9 1.4 - 1.6
   Others 4.1 5.2 2.3 - 2.9
   Total 100 100 100 100 100
  P < 0.001 (test for heterogeneity)
  1. 1 The sum is greater than 100 because a number of patients was in different places.
  2. 2 All percentages are weighted.
  3. 3 The number of cancer deaths have been estimated, using 1998 mortality data.