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Table 2 Symptoms as noted by an out-of-hours GP (N = 529) (the S and O in the SOEP registration)

From: End-of-life hospital referrals by out-of-hours general practitioners: a retrospective chart study

Main ICPC category Totaln = 529 % Referral n = 68 % No Referraln = 461 % P-value
   Symptom
General 48 52 48 0.564
   Pain 42 46 41 0.495
   Fever ≥38 5 6 5 0.762*
   Other 3 4 3 0.446*
Digestive 30 53 26 <0.001
   Vomiting/ nausea 16 41 12 <0.001
   Swallowing problems 8 6 8 0.575
   Diarrhoea 3 6 3 0.137*
   Ileus 3 7 2 0.017*
   Ascites 2 6 2 0.056*
   Other 6 4 6 0.785*
Respiratory 26 31 25 0.335
   Dyspnoea 26 31 25 0.296
   Other 1 2 1 0.564*
Endocrine, metabolic or nutritional 25 46 22 <0.001
   Loss of appetite 19 35 17 <0.001
   Cachexia 6 12 5 0.042*
   Dehydration 4 16 3 <0.001*
   Other 2 3 2 0.625*
Psychological 24 19 24 0.444
   Agitation and confusion 19 15 19 0.385
   Other 8 4 9 0.249
Neurological 16 9 17 0.088
   Drowsiness 15 7 16 0.055
   Other 1 3 1 0.174*
Urological 8 9 8 0.812
Cardiovascular 5 13 4 0.001
   Pulmonary or deep venous embolism 2 7 1 0.005*
   Other 2 6 2 0.056*
Skin problems 5 7 5 0.387
Number of Symptoms (mean, SD) 2.1 (SD 1.4) 3,0 (SD 1.6) 2,0 (SD 1.3) 0.038**
   Patients with >2 symptoms 32 56 28 <0.001
  1. *Fisher Exact Test (2-sided).
  2. ** T-test.