Table 1

Primary care involvement within the 3 months preceding death for 168 children.

Deaths, n (%)
Primary care actionsPrimary care involvedPrimary care not involvedTotal
Diagnosis of and response to acute illness
 Infection18 (11)7 (4)25 (15)
 Other acute illness2 (1)3 (2)5 (3)
Management of asthma and epilepsy9 (5)2 (1)11 (7)
Diagnosis and palliative care for cancer22 (13)022 (13)
Management of the effects of congenital, neonatal, and degenerative disabilities33 (20)13 (8)46 (27)
Sudden deaths6 (4)53 (32)59 (35)
Total90 (54)78 (46)168 (100)