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Table 1 Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of patients and caregivers in the PROTECT trial by study group (N = 216)

From: Efficacy of a telephone outcall program to reduce caregiver burden among caregivers of cancer patients [PROTECT]: a randomised controlled trial

Characteristics Control Intervention P
Patient demographics
 Age, mean (SD), years 59.8 (12.4) 58.8 (12.1) .58
 Gender, n (%)    .58
  Male 49 (45.4) 45 (41.7)  
  Female 59 (54.6) 63 (58.3)  
Clinical data
 Type of Cancer, n (%)    .21
  Solid 92 (85.2) 98 (90.7)  
  Haematological 16 (14.8) 10 (9.3)  
 Treatment regimen, n (%)    .85
  Chemotherapy 40 (37.0) 42 (38.9)  
  Radiotherapy 38 (35.2) 34 (31.5)  
  Chemo/Radio combined 30 (27.8) 32 (29.6)  
Caregiver demographics
 Age, mean (SD), years 56.3 (14.2) 57.2 (11.6) .59
 Gender, n (%)    .27
  Male 42 (38.9) 50 (46.3)  
  Female 66 (61.1) 58 (53.7)  
 Indigeneity- Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander, n (%)   
  Yes 0 (0) 0 (0)  
  No 104 (100.0) 92 (100.0)  
 Country of birth, n (%)    .46
  Australia 84 (80.8) 83 (84.7)  
  Other 20 (19.2) 15 (15.3)  
 Lives with patient, n (%)    .85
  Yes 90 (83.3) 91 (84.3)  
  No 18 (16.7) 17 (15.7)  
 Relationship to patient, n (%)    .87
  Spouse/partner 85 (78.7) 86 (79.6)  
  Other (e.g. parent, adult child, friend) 23 (21.3) 22 (20.4)  
 Household size, mean (SD)    
  Number of people ≥18 years 2.2 (0.7) 2.2 (0.7) .85
  Number of people <18 years 0.4 (0.9) 0.4 (0.9) .88
  Total household size 2.6 (1.1) 2.6 (1.2) .81
 Education status, n (%)    .85
  Primary/secondary school 48 (44.9) 47 (43.5)  
  Certificate/Diploma 27 (25.2) 25 (23.1)  
  University Degree 32 (29.9) 36 (33.3)