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Table 6 Difference of needs between cancer patients and caregivers

From: Supporting the patients with advanced cancer and their family caregivers: what are their palliative care needs?

Patient Mean (SD)   Caregivers Mean (SD)  
Inpatient/ SOC Setting Inpatient Setting (n = 249) SOC Setting (n = 350) p-value Inpatient/ SOC Setting Inpatient Setting (n = 305) SOC setting (n = 294) p-value
Information 23.7 (23.2) 16.6 (21.7) <  0.001 Health and psychological problems 17.1 (18.4) 10.2 (15.2) <  0.001
Psychological problems 22.2 (24.1) 12.4 (18.4) <  0.001 Family/ Social support 16.1 (20.0) 9.2 (14.5) <  0.001
Health-care staff 16.4 (21.6) 7.1 (14.4) <  0.001 Health-care staff 30.2 (28.9) 16.3 (21.6) <  0.001
Physical symptoms 19.0 (18.7) 9.3 (13.5) <  0.001 Information 35.1 (27.8) 22.3 (24.5) <  0.001
Hospital facilities and services 17.7 (18.6) 9.1 (12.9) <  0.001 Religious/ Spiritual support 12.3 (22.6) 7.0 (16.6) 0.001
Social/ Religious/ Spiritual support 7.4 (15.9) 4.0 (10.3) 0.002 Hospital facilities and services 25.2 (23.1) 12.8 (17.1) <  0.001
Practical support 23.2 (23.9) 11.1 (16.1) <  0.001 Practical support 30.4 (25.8) 16.1 (19.6) <  0.001
Total score 19.2 (16.4) 10.5 (12.1) <  0.001 Total score 26.0 (19.0) 14.7 (14.3) <  0.001
With/ Without Palliative Care With PC
(n = 151)
Without PC (n = 448) p-value With/ Without Palliative Care With PC
(n = 222)
Without PC
(n = 377)
p-value
Information 21.1 (21.7) 19.0 (22.9) 0.327 Health and psychological problems 16.3 (17.2) 12.2 (17.1) 0.004
Psychological problems 18.8 (21.4) 15.6 (21.5) 0.112 Family/ Social support 15.0 (19.0) 11.4 (17.0) 0.017
Health-care staff 12.4 (17.5) 10.5 (18.6) 0.259 Health-care staff 29.1 (29.2) 20.0 (24.2) <  0.001
Physical symptoms 16.5 (14.8) 12.2 (17.0) 0.006 Information 33.9 (27.3) 25.9 (26.3) <  0.001
Hospital facilities and services 15.6 (15.9) 11.6 (16.1) 0.008 Religious/ Spiritual support 12.5 (22.8) 8.1 (18.2) 0.01
Social/ Religious/ Spiritual support 5.4 (11.6) 5.4 (13.5) 0.981 Hospital facilities and services 23.5 (22.2) 16.5 (20.4) <  0.001
Practical support 21.6 (22.1) 14.3 (19.7) <  0.001 Practical support 30.8 (26.2) 19.0 (21.6) <  0.001
Total score 16.6 (12.9) 13.3 (15.2) 0.016 Total score 25.1 (18.6) 17.7 (16.7) <  0.001
KPS KPS 0–40 (n = 100) KPS 50–70 (n = 291) KPS 80–100 (n = 208) p-value KPS KPS 0–40 (n = 176) KPS 50–70 (n = 275) KPS 80–100 (n = 148) p-value
Information 23.0 (20.3) 19.6 (23.3) 17.7 (22.5) 0.151 Health and psychological problems 17.6 (17.8) 14.2 (18.4) 8.2 (12.4) <  0.001
Psychological problems 27.3 (24.1) 16.0 (21.3) 11.8 (18.4) <  0.001 Family/ Social support 17.4 (20.2) 12.9 (18.6) 6.7 (10.2) <  0.001
Health-care staff 13.9 (18.1) 11.4 (18.9) 9.1 (17.5) 0.089 Health-care staff 29.1 (28.7) 23.3 (25.8) 16.8 (23.4) <  0.001
Physical symptoms 21.5 (16.8) 13.0 (15.5) 9.8 (16.6) <  0.001 Information 34.7 (27.0) 28.6 (27.2) 22.3 (25.2) <  0.001
Hospital facilities and services 17.0 (16.0) 13.5 (16.4) 9.4 (15.1) <  0.001 Religious/ Spiritual support 12.6 (22.9) 9.2 (19.3) 7.2 (17.5) 0.047
Social/ Religious/ Spiritual support 6.3 (14.7) 5.5 (12.5) 4.9 (13.0) 0.65 Hospital facilities and services 25.4 (22.9) 18.8 (21.2) 12.1 (16.8) <  0.001
Practical support 24.1 (22.4) 17.6 (21.5) 10.3 (16.3) <  0.001 Practical support 33.2 (24.5) 23.1 (24.7) 12.3 (16.3) <  0.001
Total score 20.1 (13.9) 14.3 (14.6) 11.0 (14.3) <  0.001 Total score 26.3 (18.2) 20.4 (18.0) 13.6 (13.9) <  0.001