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Table 3 Distress (score of 4 or higher on the Distress Thermometer)[16, 19] by participant characteristics for Cancer Council Helpline callers.

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

  Proportion distressed    
Characteristic n % Adjusted OR 95% CI p-value
Type of Caller      0.001
   Carer 103 90.4 3.90 1.78-8.57  
   Cancer Patient 141 63.8 1.00 Reference  
Gender      0.52
   Female 194 76.1 1.25 0.64-2.45  
   Male 50 62.5 1.00 Reference  
Age-group      0.09
   <40 years 37 90.2 3.08 0.70-13.54  
   40-49 years 49 84.5 3.12 0.83-11.80  
   50-59 years 64 66.7 1.15 0.39-3.40  
   60-69 years 68 74.7 2.02 0.86-4.78  
   70+ years 25 52.1 1.00 Reference  
Work status      0.54
   Employed full-time 48 77.4 1.07 0.34-3.33  
   Employed part-time 36 73.5 1.12 0.34-3.68  
   Employed casual part-time 23 85.2 1.70 0.40-7.24  
   Home duties or carer 33 80.5 0.96 0.30-3.06  
   Unemployed1 40 80.0 2.42 0.85-6.85  
   Retired 63 60.0 1.00 Reference  
Household income      0.22
   <$20,000 44 62.9 0.46 0.15-1.40  
   $20,000 to <$40,000 64 68.8 0.45 0.16-1.26  
   $40,000 to <$60,000 41 70.7 0.46 0.16-1.30  
   $60,000 to <$80,000 23 92.0 2.16 0.40-11.74  
   $80,000 + 36 81.8 1.00 Reference  
  1. 1. Unemployed group includes those looking for work, permanently ill, disabled or unable to work.