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Table 4 Reasons for hospital referral as noted by the out-of-hours GP (the E in the SOEP registration N = 68)

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

   N %
Digestive   21 30.9
  Vomiting (incl. haematemesis) 11 16.2
  Ileus 4 5.9
  Ascites 3 4.4
  Rectal bleeding 2 2.9
  Peritonitis 1 1.5
Endocrine, metabolic and nutritional 13 19.1
  Dehydration 11 16.2
  Hyperglycaemia 2 2.9
Respiratory   12 17.6
  Pneumonia/pleuritis 9 13.2
  Dyspnoea 3 4.4
Cardiovascular 8 11.8
  Cardiac 4 5.9
  Deep venous thrombosis (feet) 3 4.4
  Pulmonary embolism 1 1.5
General   7 10.3
  Pain 5 7.4
  Weakness 1 1.5
  Fever 1 1.5
Other symptoms 14 20.6
  Epilepsy 6 8.8
  Anuria 4 5.9
  Confusion/delirium 3 4.4
  Fracture 1 1.5
Other aspects
  Family burden or no family 6 8.8
  Diagnosis in the hospital 1 1.5