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Table 1.14: National Palliative Care, 2000

Median length of stay for cancer patients who received hospice care a, United States, 2000
  Hospice discharges b
Population group Median length of stay in days Standard error
Total 15.4 2.2
Age c
18-64 12.1 3.4
18-44 DSU DSU
45-64 14.8 4.1
65 and over 16.6 3.0
65-74 14.8 4.4
75-84 18.8 5.3
85 and over DSU DSU
Race d
White only 14.8 2.8
Black or African American only 13.7 4.0
Male 15.1 2.9
Female 16.7 3.4
Primary expected source of payment
Private and other DSU DSU
Medicare 16.4 3.0
Medicaid DSU DSU
Uninsured DSU DSU
Unknown DSU DSU
Agency location
MSA 14.0 2.6
Non-MSA 24.8 7.3

aHospice discharges with any listed diagnosis of malignant neoplasm (ICD-9-CM codes 140-208, 230-234).

bDischarges cover a one-year period October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2000.

cAge is age at time of discharge.

dExcludes unknown.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality or confidentiality.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Home and Hospice Care Survey.

Table 1.13c: National Palliative Care, 1996 Table 1.15a: National Management of End Stage Renal Disease

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