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Table 4 Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of patients and caregivers in the PROTECT trial: Comparison of dyads including caregivers at risk of depression with those not at risk (n = 215a)

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

Characteristics Caregivers not at risk (n = 147) Caregivers at risk (n = 68) P
Patient demographics
 Age, mean (SD), years 59.6 (12.3) 58.3 (12.1) .47
 Gender, n (%)    .18
  Male 59 (40.1) 34 (50.0)  
  Female 88 (59.9) 34 (50.0)  
Clinical data
 Type of Cancer, n (%)    .42
  Solid 131 (89.1) 58 (85.3)  
  Haematological 16 (10.9) 10 (14.7)  
 Treatment regimen, n (%)    .74
  Chemotherapy 55 (37.4) 27 (39.7)  
  Radiotherapy 51 (34.7) 20 (29.4)  
 Chemo/Radio combined 41 (27.9) 21 (30.9)  
Caregiver demographics
 Age, mean (SD), years 58.4 (12.8) 52.9 (12.5) .003
 Gender, n (%)    .36
  Male 66 (44.9) 26 (38.2)  
  Female 81 (55.1) 42 (61.8)  
 Indigeneity- Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander, n (%)   
  Yes 0 (0) 0 (0)  
  No 147 (100.0) 68 (100.0)  
 Country of birth, n (%)    .51
  Australia 114 (81.4) 52 (85.2)  
  Other 26 (18.6) 9 (14.8)  
 Lives with patient, n (%)    .41
  Yes 121 (82.3) 59 (86.8)  
  No 26 (17.7) 9 (13.2)  
 Relationship to patient, n (%)    .93
  Spouse/partner 116 (78.9) 54 (79.4)  
  Other (i.e. parent, adult child, friend) 31 (21.1) 14 (20.6)  
 Household size, mean (SD)    
  Number of people ≥18 years 2.2 (0.8) 2.3 (0.7) .35
  Number of people <18 years 0.4 (0.7) 0.6 (1.1) .10
  Total household size 2.5 (1.0) 2.9 (1.3) .04
 Education status, n (%)    .06
  Primary/secondary school 70 (47.6) 24 (35.8)  
  Certificate/Diploma 29 (19.7) 23 (34.3)  
  University Degree 48 (32.7) 20 (29.9)  
  1. a One caregiver in the intervention condition had missing data for the ZBI and, therefore, wasn’t included in the analysis