Care costs and activity in the last three months of life of cancer patients who died in the Basque Country (Spain).

[Care costs and activity in the last three months of life of cancer patients who died in the Basque Country (Spain)]. Gac Sanit. 2016 Oct 1;: Authors: Nuño-Solinís R, Herrera Molina E, Librada Flores S, Orueta Mendía JF, Cabrera-León A Abstract OBJECTIVE: To analyse the use of health resources and its budget in the last months of life of the population who died from malignant neoplasm in the Basque Autonomous Country (Spain). METHOD: Retrospective observational study of a population with a diagnosis of malignancy deceased in the Basque Country (2010 and 2011). DATA SOURCE: MDS and Mortality Register. VARIABLES: gender, age, place of death, tumour location, clinical activity data and costs in the last three months of life. We performed a descriptive analysis of clinical activity and costs, and lineal multivariate regressions to obtain the adjusted mean costs by gender, age and place of death. RESULTS: 9,333 deaths from malignancy were identified in 2010 and 2011. 65.4% were men, 61.5% aged 70 or over, mean age 72.9 years, 71.1% died in hospital. People who died in the hospital had an average cost of about double that of the people who died at home (€14,794 and €7,491, respectively; p
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