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Table 1 Socio-demographic and medical characteristics participants and non-responders

From: Validation of the flemish CARES, a quality of life and needs assessment tool for cancer care

  Participants (N = 176) Non-responders (n = 122)a
M SD n % M SD n %
Socio-demographic Characteristics
 Age 50.5 7.2    51.6 8.2   
Sex
 Men    54 30.7    38 31.1
 Woman    122 69.3    83 68.0
Relational status         
 Single    20 11.4     
 Partner, married or living together    141 80.1     
 Partner, not married or living together    12 6.8     
 Widowed    3 1.7     
Having children    148 84.1     
 Family members 11.9 10.8       
 Supportive family members 6.6 4.2       
 Supportive friends 13.5 12.6       
Graduation level
 Elementary school    13 7.4     
 High school    101 57.7     
 Graduate school    53 30.3     
 University    8 4.6     
Job occupation
 Employed    41 23.3     
 Work interruption/on sick leave    91 51.7     
 Unemployed    12 6.8     
 Disabled    20 11.4     
 Housewife/houseman    6 3.4     
 Retired    6 3.4     
Monthly house hold income         
  < € 1500    51 30.7     
 € 1500–€ 3000    79 47.6     
  > € 3000    36 21.7     
Medical characteristics
 Type of treatment
  Surgery    138 81.7    94 84.7
  Radiotherapy    104 61.2    52 46.8
  Chemotherapy    109 64.5    57 51.8
  Hormone therapy    58 34.3    27 24.3
  Immune therapy    1 0.6    1 0.9
  Concomitant radio-chemotherapy    18 10.7    16 14.4
  Bone marrow transplantation    0 0.0    0 0.0
  Isotopes    1 0.6    0 0.0
  Other treatment    5 3.0    6 5.5
  Time since diagnosis (weeks)b, c 62.8 104.5     
Phase of care trajectory
 Active treatment phase    115 65.3     
 Completion of treatment    13 7.4     
 Follow-up phase    47 26.9     
  1. Abbreviations: M mean, SD standard deviation, n number of participants
  2. aData of only 117 out of 128 non-responders received, bDate of questionnaire completion or diagnosis missing for some participants, mean time since diagnosis based on n = 158, cTime since diagnosis unknown for non-responders, since date of invitation to participate in the research was not registered