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Table 6 Representativitity 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
   Non-sudden deaths in the SENTI-MELC study Non-sudden deaths in the 2007 death certificate study   Non-sudden deaths in the SENTI-MELC study Non-sudden deaths in the 2005 death certificate study   All deaths in the SENTI-MELC study All deaths in the country 2007   All deaths in the SENTI-MELC study All deaths in the regions 2010  
   %* %* p** %† %† p** % % p** % % P**
   N = 928 N = 2729   N = 635 N = 63038   N = 2783 N = 572881   N = 388 N = 67233  
Age 1-64 13 16 0.01 18 21 ns 13 14 ns 11 15 ns
  65-84 50 52   50 36   48 50   46 46  
  85+ 37 32   32 43   39 36   43 39  
Gender Male 46 47 ns 47 51 .04 48 49 ns 53 52 ns
  Female 54 53   53 49   52 51   47 48  
Place of death§ Home 23 21 .0001 44 33 ns 48 - 48 -
  Residential home 31 25   18 16   7   11  
  Hospital PCU/hospice 45 51   38 47   43   41  
  1. * Numbers for Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of the country (60% of the population) only, due to absence of death certificates database in the French-speaking part of Belgium.
  2. † Excluding nursing home deaths in the Netherlands.
  3. ‡ Unknown for Italy and Spain. Although data on place of death are not available in Italy from the national official statistics, the results for cancer deaths were similar to the ISDOC study figures of 2003 [45].
  4. § IT and SP: each 1% POD elsewhere; BE 3% other.
  5. **p-values using Fisher exact test.