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Table 1 Sample characteristics field study I and II

From: The quality of working life questionnaire for cancer survivors (QWLQ-CS): factorial structure, internal consistency, construct validity and reproducibility

   Field study I Field study II
Sample population Cancer survivors Cancer survivorsa Cancer survivorsb Healthy Employeesc
Sample size N = 302 N = 130 N = 87 N = 45
Demographic characteristics     
Age (mean in years ± standard deviation) 52 ± 8 52 ± 8 52 ± 9 51 ± 9
  N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Gender - male 83 (28) 26 (20) 17 (20) 9 (20)
Marital status Married/living together with a partner 240 (79) 106 (82) 69 (79) 38 (82)
Ethnical background Dutch 279 (92) 123 (95) 82 (94) 43 (96)
Immigrant first and second generation 21 (7) 7 (5) 5 (6) 2 (4)
Clinical characteristics
Number of cancer diagnoses 1 diagnosis 256 (85) 109 (84) 75 (86)
≥ 2 diagnoses 45 (15) 21 (16) 12 (14)
Cancer diagnosisd Breast cancer 123 (36) 68 (49) 51 (55)
Gynecological cancer 59 (17) 20 (14) 10 (11)
Gastrointestinal cancer 47 (14) 34 (24) 22 (24)
Urological cancer 36 (11) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Hematological cancer 26 (8) 4 (3) 3 (3)
Head and neck cancer 22 (6) 6 (4) 3 (3)
Malignant melanomas 10 (3) 5 (4) 2 (2)
Others (e.g. metastases) 17 (5) 3 (2) 2 (2)
Most recent cancer diagnosis < 1 year ago 60 (20) 21 (16) 13 (15)
1–3 years ago 162 (54) 63 (49) 41 (47)
4–6 years ago 55 (18) 43 (33) 30 (35)
> 6 years ago 24 (8) 3 (2) 3 (3)
Current cancer treatment Yes 42 (14) 26 (20) 16 (18)
Cancer treatmentd Surgery 253 (39) 112 (39) 74 (37)
Radiotherapy 152 (23) 60 (21) 45 (22)
Chemotherapy 150 (23) 74 (26) 53 (26)
Hormone therapy 67 (10) 34 (12) 23 (11)
Othere 31 (5) 8 (3) 8 (4)
Co-morbidity Yes 76 (25) 39 (30) 23 (26)
Work characteristics
Education Primary/secondary education 55 (18) 24 (18) 18 (21) 5 (11)
Intermediate vocational education 102 (34) 51 (39) 36 (41) 15 (33)
Higher prof/academic education 143 (47) 54 (42) 33 (38) 25 (56)
Work contract Permanent position 225 (75) 91 (70) 64 (74) 35 (78)
Temporary employment 19 (6) 12 (9) 7 (8) 1 (2)
Self-employed 44 (15) 23 (18) 13 (15) 8 (18)
Contract hours <12 h 12 (4) 3 (2) 1 (1) 1 (2)
12–36 h 141 (47) 80 (62) 57 (66) 32 (71)
>36 h 112 (37) 32 (25) 19 (22) 9 (20)
Current work hours Total contract hours 193 (64) 94 (72) 62 (71)
Proportion of contract hours (1–36) 108 (36) 36 (28) 25 (29)
Years on the job 0–3 years 36 (12) 20 (15) 12 (14) 7 (16)
4–7 years 40 (13) 12 (9) 8 (9) 5 (11)
> 8 years 225 (74) 67 (77) 98 (75) 33 (74)
Management position Yes 78 (26) 25 (19) 17 (20) 8 (18)
Occupational sector Health care and pharmacy 73 (24) 38 (29) 26 (30) 12 (27)
Educational 34 (11) 8 (6) 5 (6) 8 (18)
Government 30 (10) 14 (11) 11 (13) 4 (9)
Industrial/production 20 (7) 8 (6) 5 (6) 2 (4)
Facility management 12 (4) 4 (3) 2 (2) 1 (2)
Wholesale/retail business 15 (5) 9 (7) 7 (8) 3 (7)
Transport/logistics 16 (5) 6 (5) 4 (5) 1 (2)
Business services 26 (9) 16 (12) 8 (9) 6 (13)
Juridical 11 (4) 2 (2) 1 (1) 2 (4)
IT 7 (2) 4 (3) 3 (3) 1 (2)
Other 57 (19) 21 (16) 15 (17) 5 (11)
Monthly income ≤ €1000 46 (15) 21 (16) 13 (15) 6 (13)
€1001 - €3000 125 (41) 85 (65) 60 (69) 25 (56)
≥ €3001 98 (33) 12 (9) 8 (9) 11 (24)
Breadwinner position Sole or shared 251 (83) 99 (76) 68 (78) 35 (78)
  1. aSample of cancer survivors at baseline
  2. bStable subgroup of cancer survivors who indicated no change in their health/work situation within the last four weeks
  3. cEmployed people without cancer or other physical/mental limitations affecting their job performance
  4. dPercentages equal total diagnoses/treatments
  5. ee.g. stem cell transplant, immunotherapy, bladder irrigation, no active treatment, alternative treatment