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Table 3 Demographic characteristics

From: Quality of life among patients receiving palliative care in South Africa and Uganda: a multi-centred study

Demographic characteristic Patients (N = 285)
Age  
Mean (SD) 40.1 (12.8)
Range 18-88
Gender  
Female 197 (69.1%)
Responsible for children?  
Yes 232 (81.4%)
Mean no. children (SD) 3.1 (2.0) 1-12
Range  
Household size  
Mean (SD) 5.3 (2.5)ª
Range 1-14ª
Location of home  
Urban 53 (18.6%)
Peri-urban 53 (18.6%)
Rural 179 (62.8%)
Primary diagnosis  
MND 1 (0.4%)
Korsakoff's syndrome 1 (0.4%)
Multiple Sclerosis 1 (0.4%)
Systemic lupus erythematosus 1 (0.4%)
Cancer only 51 (17.9%)
HIV 230 (80.7%)
Of HIV+ pts: On ART 127 (55.2%)b
Prior AIDS diagnosis 192 (83.5%)
Dual HIV-cancer diagnosis 35 (15.2%)
ECOG Functional status  
Fully active 21 (7.4%)
Restricted 65 (22.8%)
Ambulatory 79 (27.7%)
Limited self care 87 (30.5%)
Completely disabled 33 (11.6%)
Primary place of palliative care  
Home 180 (63.2%)
Inpatient 74 (26%)
Outpatient 13 (4.6%)
Day care 18 (6.3%)
Weeks under palliative care  
Mean (SD) 46.0 (74.8)
Median 12.0
Range 0-468
  1. ª 3 missing
  2. b 1 missing