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Table 2 Patient characteristics

From: Cancer caregiving tasks and consequences and their associations with caregiver status and the caregiver’s relationship to the patient: a survey

   Eligible patients Patients with participating caregiver(s) Proportion participating (%) Odds ratio#(OR) 95% confidence interval
All   752 415 55   
Gender Female 445 238 53 1.00 -
Male 307 177 58 1.18 (0.88-1.59)
Age 18-39 years 85 43 51 0.88 (0.54-1.45)
40-49 years 77 40 52 0.93 (0.56-1.56)
50-59 years 122 71 58 1.20 (0.77-1.86)
60-69 years 240 129 54 1.00 -
70+ 228 132 58 1.18 (0.82-1.71)
Diagnosis Head and neck 66 37 56 1.11 (0.63-1.97)
Gastrointestinal 146 85 58 1.22 (0.78-1.89)
Gynaecological 176 94 53 1.00 -
Breast 60 28 47 0.76 (0.42-1.37)
Leukaemia 148 79 53 1.00 (0.64-1.55)
Other (lung, prostate, urinary etc.) 155 91 59 1.56 (0.83-2.95)
Missing 1 1 100 - -
Stage (TNM)** 1 162 76 47 1.00 -
2 109 48 44 0.89 (0.55-1.45)
3 79 57 72 2.93 (1.64-5.24)
4 106 63 59 1.66 (1.01-2.72)
Cancer with no TNM stage/missing 296 171 58 - -
Inclusion group* 1 (diagnosed within the last year) 321 187 58 1.42 (1.04-1.94)
2 (diagnosed > 1 year ago, and in treatment) 96 60 63 1.70 (1.07-2.71)
3 (diagnosed > 1 ago, and off treatment) 327 162 50 1.00 -
Missing 8 6 75 - -
Time since diagnosis < 6 months 179 100 56 0.99 (0.66-1.50)
6-12 months 138 85 62 1.26 (0.80-1.98)
1–2 years 120 64 53 0.90 (0.56-1.42)
2-5 years 182 102 56 1.00 -
> 5 years 129 61 47 0.70 (0.45-1.11)
Missing 4 3 75 - -
Hospital department Oncology/Haematology 569 316 56 1.00 -
Gynaecology 120 58 48 0.75 (0.51-1.11)
Surgery 63 41 65 1.49 (0.87-2.57)
Marital status** Married/cohabiting 294 266 90 1.00 -
Other (divorced/separated, single, widow(er)) 128 91 71 0.26 (0.15-0.45)
Missing 330 58 18 - -
Education No education 58 45 78 0.87 (0.39-1.90)
Student/under education 6 5 83 1.25 (0.14-11.31)
Non-theoretical or short education (<1 year) 93 82 88 1.86 (0.84-4.14)
Short theoretical education (1–3 years) 92 84 91 2.63 (1.09-6.30)
Long theoretical education (>3 years) 100 80 80 1.00 -
University education 56 49 88 1.75 (0.69-4.44)
Missing 347 70 20 - -
Job description Self-employed 53 47 89 1.44 (0.57-3.61)
Salaried 232 196 84 1.00 -
Skilled worker 58 49 84 1.00 (0.45-2.21)
Un-skilled worker 37 30 81 0.79 (0.32-1.93)
Assisting spouse 9 7 78 0.64 (0.13-3.22)
Missing 363 86 24 - -
Employment before cancer Full time 176 153 87 1.00 -
Part time 45 42 93 2.10 (0.60-7.35)
Old age pension 119 100 84 0.79 (0.41-1.53)
Early retirement pension 57 44 77 0.51 (0.24-1.09)
Other (student, un-employed, housewife) 19 16 84 0.80 (0.22-2.97)
Missing 336 60 18 - -
Current employment Full time 124 108 87 1.52 (0.79-2.94)
Part time 43 40 93 3.01 (0.87-10.37)
Old age pension 163 133 82 1.00 -
Early retirement pension 65 55 85 1.24 (0.57-2.71)
Other (student, un-employed, housewife) 21 17 81 0.96 (0.30-3.06)
Missing 336 62 18 - -
Place of living In the country/village 74 67 91 1.64 (0.69-3.89)
Smaller provincial town 65 51 78 0.62 (0.31-1.26)
Bigger provincial town 64 53 83 0.83 (0.39-1.75)
City or suburb 219 187 85 1.00 -
Missing 330 57 17 - -
  1. Characteristics (obtained from medical records and self-reported) of the 752 eligible patients and the 415 patients with at least one participating caregiver, and comparison (OR) of characteristics of eligible patients with at least one participating caregiver and eligible patients without a participating caregiver.
  2. #Odds for participation is analysed using logistic regression analysis.
  3. *0.05 > p > 0.01 in the logistic regression analysis.
  4. **p < 0.001 in the logistic regression analysis.