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Table 2 Level of distress and associated problem list category [16, 19], level of anxiety and depression[42], and level of care cancer patients and carers were triaged to by Cancer Council Helpline operators[37].

From: Feasibility of brief psychological distress screening by a community-based telephone helpline for cancer patients and carers

  Cancer Patient Carer  
  n % 1 n % p-value
DT cut-off 2      <0.001
   Below cut-off (<4) 80 36.2 11 9.6  
   Above cut-off (≥ 4) 141 63.8 103 90.4  
Problem List Category      
   Practical 53 23.8 32 27.1 0.50
   Family 27 12.1 32 27.1 <0.001
   Emotional 115 51.6 84 71.2 <0.001
   Spiritual 3 1.3 2 1.7 0.805
   Treatment 83 37.2 28 23.7 0.01
   Symptoms 21 9.4 15 12.7 0.35
   Other 61 27.4 33 28.0 0.90
HADS: Anxiety 3      0.03
   Normal 108 48.4 42 35.6  
   Borderline 50 22.4 26 22.0  
   Clinical 65 29.1 50 42.4  
HADS: Depression 3      0.68
   Normal 147 65.9 80 67.8  
   Borderline 42 18.8 24 20.3  
   Clinical 34 15.2 14 11.9  
HADS cut-off      0.285
   Below cut-off (<15) 127 57.0 60 50.8  
   Above cut-off (≥ 15) 96 43.0 58 49.2  
Level of Care triaged to 2,4      0.155
   Universal 59 27.7 21 19.1  
   Supportive 111 52.1 69 62.7  
   Extended 43 20.2 19 17.3  
   Specialist 0 0.0 1 0.9  
   Acute 0 0.0 0 0.0  
  1. 1. All percentages are valid percentages (i.e., missing values are excluded from the denominator).
  2. 2. Missing values: Distress level -1.8%; Level of Care-5.3%.
  3. 3. Anxiety and Depression subscales: Normal = score of 0-7; Borderline = score of 8-10; Clinical = score of 11+.
  4. 4. Extended, specialist and acute care categories were collapsed for chi-square comparisons.
  5. Greater than 20% of cells have expected count less than 5 and/or minimum expected count is less than 1. Interpret with caution.