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Table 1 Characteristics of study sample (n = 185)

From: Medical oncology outpatients’ preferences and experiences with advanced care planning: a cross-sectional study

Variable Category Number Percent
Gender Male 35 19
Female 146 81
Marital status Single, divorced, separated or widowed 61 34
Married or in a relationship 119 64
Highest level of education Primary school (year 6) 7 4
High school 86 48
Trade or University 80 44
Other 7 4
Living arrangements Spouse/partner/children 127 71
On my own 35 19
Other family members 14 7.8
Other 4 2.2
Country of birth Australia 128 71
Other 52 29
Months since diagnosis Less than 6 months 45 25
7–12 months 34 19
13–24 months 29 16
More than 24 months 73 40
Treatment received to datea Surgery 133 73
Chemotherapy 148 82
Radiotherapy 93 52
Cancer type Breast 88 49
Colorectal 14 7.8
Haematology 13 7.3
Melanoma 12 6.7
Lung 8 4.5
Prostate 4 3
Other 40 22
Stage at diagnosis Early 105 60
Progressed / advanced 58 33
Don’t know 10 5.7
Remission status Not in remission 82 45
In remission 50 28
Don’t know 49 27
  1. aPatients could indicate receiving multiple treatment types
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