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Table 1 Clinical and sociodemographic characteristics of the study subjects (n = 550) and their association with the DT score ≥ 4a

From: Is it the time to implement the routine use of distress thermometer among Egyptian patients with newly diagnosed cancer?

Characteristic Overall
N = 550 (%)
DT cut off ≥ 4
N (%)
DT cut off <  4
N (%)
P-value
Age in years
 Median (range) 55 (18–85)    
 Mean ± SD 51.37 ± 15.29 49.9 ± 14.86 52.62 ± 15.55 < 0.001
Gender     < 0.001
 Male 224 (40) 82 (37) 142 (63)  
 Female 326 (60) 172 (53) 154 (47)  
Marital Status     0.803
 Single 66 (12) 30 (45) 36 (55)  
 Married 393 (72) 178 (45) 215 (55)  
 Divorced 16 (3) 8 (50) 8 (50)  
 Widow 75 (13) 38 (51) 37 (49)  
Educational level     0.013
 Non-educated 38 (7) 25 (66) 13 (34)  
 Educated 512 (93) 229 (45) 283 (55)  
Occupation     0.820
 Student 30 (5) 14 (47) 16 (53)  
 No job 371 (68) 174 (47) 197 (53)  
 Job 149 (27) 66 (44) 83 (56)  
Monthly Income (EP)     0.484
  < 5000 305 (55) 147 (48) 158 (52)  
 5000–10,000 133 (24) 63 (47) 70 (53)  
 10,000–15,000 75 (14) 30 (40) 45 (60)  
  > 15,000 37 (7) 14 (38) 23 (62)  
Health Insurance     0.209
 Yes 108 (20) 44 (41) 64 (59)  
 No 442 (80) 208 (47) 234 (53)  
Chronic disease     0.055
 Present 211 (38) 107 (51) 104 (49)  
 Absent 339 (62) 147 (43) 192 (57)  
Tumour Site     0.006
 Head and Neck 17 (3) 10 (59) 7 (41)  
 Breast 180 (33) 93 (52) 87 (48)  
 Lung 41 (8) 24 (59) 17 (41)  
 GIT 127 (23) 56 (44) 71 (56)  
 Genitourinary 71 (13) 29 (41) 42 (59)  
 Musculoskeletal 29 (5) 6 (21) 23 (79)  
 Haematological 85 (15) 36 (42) 49 (58)  
Type of malignancy     0.486
 Hematological 85 (15) 36 (42) 49 (58)  
 Solid tumors 465 (85) 218 (47) 247 (53)  
Stage     0.001
 Stage 1 29 (5) 6 (21) 23 (79)  
 Stage II 108 (19) 20 (19) 88 (81)  
 Stage III 109 (20) 24 (22) 85 (78)  
 Stage IV 304 (56) 204 (67) 100 (33)  
  1. a DT distress thermometer, EP Egyptian pound, GIT gastrointestinal. For age, data are expressed in mean ± standard deviation and t-test with 95% confidence interval were carried out to compare age between the 2 groups of DT cut-off < 4 and ≥ 4. For other sociodemographic characteristics, data are expressed in numbers and percent and Chi-square tests were used to compare the significance of differences between the 2 groups of DT cut-off < 4 and ≥ 4