Table 1.

Descriptive overview of 1034 patient records

Frailty/dementiaCancerOrgan failureTotal
Total number of patient records assessed4083612651034
Patient records with a KIS, n (%)299 (73)288 (80)125 (47)712 (69)
Components of anticipatory care planning of total records with a KIS, n (%)a
Resuscitation status recorded222 (74)188 (65)72 (58)482 (68)
Palliative care summary commenced66 (22)210 (73)38 (30)314 (44)
Preferred place of care recorded180 (60)152 (53)58 (46)390 (55)
Preferred place of final care/death recorded153 (51)118 (41)36 (29)307 (43)
Anticipatory medication started before death71 (24)108 (38)27 (22)206 (29)
Next of kin or carer recorded in KIS196 (66)156 (54)72 (58)424 (60)
Next of kin or carer contact details in KIS127 (42)129 (45)56 (45)312 (44)
Timing of anticipatory care planning, median weeks before deathb
KIS commenced before death88158245
Resuscitation status discussed before death3262515
Palliative care summary commenced before death29138
Preferred place of care documented before death3462913
Preferred place of final care documented before death14688
Anticipatory medication prescribed before death1312
Place of death, n (%)
Hospitalc168 (41)149 (41)158 (60)475 (46)
Home56 (14)98 (27)78 (29)232 (22)
Care home174 (43)24 (7)13 (5)211 (20)
Hospice3 (1)78 (22)3 (1)84 (8)
Other7 (2)12 (3)13 (5)32 (3)
  • a Components of anticipatory care planning shows the number of patients with a KIS record containing the information listed. The % is the number of KIS’s with each item of information recorded divided by the number of patients with a KIS by illness trajectory.

  • b Median weeks based only on those patients with each component documented in the KIS.

  • c ’Hospital’ includes both acute and community hospitals. KIS = Key Information Summary.