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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics for the total sample and differences between younger (< 60, n = 263) and older (≥ 60, n = 330) patients

From: Differences in the symptom experience of older versus younger oncology outpatients: a cross-sectional study

Characteristic Total (%) Age group p-value Post hoc contrasts
< 60 (%) ≥ 60 (%) < 60 (%) ≥ 60 (%) p-value
Study project        
 Fatigue, Pain, and Sleep 28.8 28.9 28.8 .170    
 Symptom Prevalence 34.4 38.0 31.5     
 Symptom Clusters 36.8 33.1 39.7     
Gender- Female 54.6 70.7 41.8 < .001    
Lives alone 26.4 24.0 28.2 .260    
Partnered/married 60.9 57.3 63.7 .126    
Education – Post high school 61.4 68.8 55.5 .001    
Diagnosis        
 Breast 33.6 48.3 21.8   48.3 21.8 .0125
 Prostate 26.0 11.0 37.9 < .001 11.0 37.9 .0125
 Lung 13.2 11.4 14.5     
 Other 27.3 29.3 25.8     
Metastases 34.9 37.3 32.9 .297    
Treatment        
 None 15.5 13.3 17.3     
 Only radiation 43.6 33.8 51.4 < .001 33.8 51.4 .0125
 Only chemotherapy 27.4 31.2 24.3     
 Both 13.5 21.7 7.0   21.7 7.0 .0125
ECOG Performance Status        
 Fully active 21.4 15.8 26.0   15.8 26.0 .0100
 Ambulatory, light work 48.9 53.1 45.5 .043    
 Ambulatory, mobile > 50% 21.6 23.5 20.1     
 Ambulatory, mobile < 50% 7.2 6.5 7.7     
 Disabled 0.9 1.2 0.6     
Age (years; mean (standard deviation)) 61.3 (12.1) 50.3 (7.7) 70.1 (6.5) < .001    
  1. Abbreviation: ECOG, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group.