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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population

From: Discrepancies between clinical and postmortem diagnoses in critically ill patients: an observational study

Characteristic No postmortem examination (n = 587) Postmortem examination (n = 49) P
Age (years) 69 (55–75) 69 (62–74) NS
APACHE II score 21 (17–24.5) 22 (19.5–27.5) NS
Predicted mortality (%) 36 (25–53) 42 (29–60.5) NS
Duration of ICU stay (days) 2.7 (1.2–7.2) 2 (1–10) 0.038
Surgical (%) 47 70 0.01
  1. Shown is a comparison of patients who underwent and those who did not undergo postmortem examination. Values are expressed as median (interquartile range). APACHE, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation; ICU, intensive care unit; NS, not significant.