Table 1

 Recruitment of and attrition in patients admitted during the study period

Patients admitted to hospices during study period, n = 336
Admitted during “before” phaseAdmitted during “after” phase
159177
Fulfilling inclusion criteriaExcludedFulfilling inclusion criteriaExcluded
99608394
Entered studyDeclined consentEntered studyDeclined consent
909812
Completed studyToo ill, died or discharged before completionCompleted studyToo ill, died or discharged before completion
61294635
Final dataMissing dataFinal dataMissing data
610406