Data table for Figure 40Hospice care patients’ symptoms at the last hospice care visit before death: United States, 2007

Type of symptomPercentSE
Difficulty breathing50.72.0
Pain33.31.8
Restlessness25.01.7
Anorexia23.92.3
Constipation10.01.2

SE is standard error.

NOTES: Data were collected through in-person interviews with agency directors and their designated staffs who were familiar with the patients and the care they received. Information was also abstracted from patients’ medical records. No information was obtained from family members or friends. Data are based on the question: “When this agency last provided care to the patient did (he/she) have any of these symptoms before (his/her) death? Select all symptoms that apply.” This analysis is limited to those who died while under hospice care.

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Home and Hospice Care Survey.

From: Data Tables for Figures 1–41

Cover of Health, United States, 2010
Health, United States, 2010: With Special Feature on Death and Dying.
National Center for Health Statistics (US).
Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2011 Feb.

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