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Table 3 Average cost per episode for patients who stayed at the palliative care ward (n = 30) in Euro

From: A pilot study on patient-related costs and factors associated with the cost of specialist palliative care in the hospital: first steps towards a patient classification system in Germany

  Cost category Mean SD Min Max IQR
Patient attributable (PAT) cost PAT labour cost total 1541.7 1185.8 259.1 5462.4 1176.2
 Physician 518.3 317.9 167.1 1546.4 254.8
 Nursing 827.0 698.7 74.5 3078.9 824.6
 Other health professions total 196.5 193.5 0 837.1 226.3
  Pharmacist 44.1 41.1 0 180.2 29.5
  Breathing therapist 15.9 23.3 0 79.5 26.5
  Physiotherapist 70.0 104.0 0 533.9 91.7
  Psychologist 29.3 30.6 0 111.4 32.8
  Social worker 37.2 46.8 0 147.4 78.6
In-house diagnostic services 92.0 174.2 0 919.1 75.3
Overhead (OH) cost Unattributable labour cost total 1670.9 0 1670.9 1670.9 0
 Physician 257.3 0 257.3 257.3 0
 Other health professions 177.7 0 177.7 177.7 0
 Nursing cost 1235.9 0 1235.9 1235.9 0
Medication 133.3 115.3 28.3 452.3 113.1
Other overhead cost 3104.0 2683.9 658.1 10,529.6 2632.4
  Per episode total 6542.1 4033.5 2654.2 18,449 3579.9