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Table 5 Number and characteristics of reported deaths in the EURO SENTIMELC study 2009–2010

From: Nationwide continuous monitoring of end-of-life care via representative networks of general practitioners in Europe

    Belgium  The Netherlands*  Italy  Spain†
   All deaths Non-sudden deaths§ All deaths Non-sudden deaths§ All deaths Non-sudden deaths§ All deaths Non-sudden deaths §
   N = 2405 N = 1604 (66.7%) N = 1107 N = 635 (62.1%) N = 2783 N = 1839 (66.1%) N = 563 N = 388 (68.9%)
   % % % %† % % % %
Age 18-64 16 14 21 18 13 13 11 11
  65-84 47 47 50 50 48 47 46 45
  85+ 37 39 29 32 39 40 43 44
Gender Male 48 46 52 47 48 47 53 54
  Female 52 54 48 53 52 53 47 46
Place of death‡ Home 29 23 45 44 48 46 48 49
Care or residential home 27 31 14 18 7 9 11 13
  Hospital 37 36 32 28 39 39 37 33
  PCU/hospice 7 9 7 10 4 5 4 4
Cause of death Cancer 28 37 37 53 34 46 35 39
  Noncancer 72 63 63 47 66 54 65 61
  1. *Excluding nursing home deaths in the Netherlands.
  2. † Data for Spain are available only for the year 2010.
  3. ‡IT and SP: each 1% POD elsewhere.
  4. §% missing on nonsudden deaths : 0.7% for Be, 0% for the Ne, 1.7% for It and 5.9% for SP.
  5. Percentages are rounded off hence cells may not add up to 100%.