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Table 3 –Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of patients and caregivers in the PROTECT trial by study group: Dyads including caregivers at risk of depression (n = 68)

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 59.1 (12.9) 57.7 (11.6) .63
 Gender, n (%)    .81
  Male 15 (48.4) 19 (51.4)  
  Female 16 (51.6) 18 (48.6)  
Clinical data
 Type of Cancer, n (%)    .09
  Solid 24 (77.4) 34 (91.9)  
  Haematological 7 (22.6) 3 (8.1)  
 Treatment regimen, n (%)    .17
  Chemotherapy 14 (45.2) 13 (35.1)  
  Radiotherapy 11 (35.5) 9 (24.3)  
  Chemo/Radio combined 6 (19.4) 15 (40.5)  
Caregiver demographics
 Age, mean (SD), years 53.6 (12.9) 52.3 (12.3) .67
 Gender, n (%)    .67
  Male 11 (35.5) 15 (40.5)  
  Female 20 (64.5) 22 (59.5)  
 Indigeneity- Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander, n (%)   
  Yes 0 (0) 0 (0)  
  No 31 (100.0) 37 (100.0)  
 Country of birth, n (%)    .21
  Australia 23 (79.3) 29 (90.6)  
  Other 6 (20.7) 3 (9.4)  
 Lives with patient, n (%)    .52
  Yes 26 (83.9) 33 (89.2)  
  No 5 (16.1) 4 (10.8)  
 Relationship to patient, n (%)    .33
  Spouse/partner 23 (74.2) 31 (83.8)  
  Other (e.g. parent, adult child, friend) 8 (25.8) 6 (16.2)  
 Household size, mean (SD)    
  Number of people ≥18 years 2.3 (0.8) 2.2 (0.6) .65
  Number of people <18 years 0.6 (1.0) 0.6 (1.2) .97
  Total household size 2.9 (1.3) 2.8 (1.3) .84
 Education status, n (%)    .99
  Primary/secondary school 11 (36.7) 13 (35.1)  
  Certificate/Diploma 10 (33.3) 13 (35.1)  
  University Degree 9 (30.0) 11 (39.7)