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Table 3 The association between the Distress Thermometer (DT) score ≥ 4 and the Problems List items of 550 cancer patients

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

Problem list Item Present
(%)
DT cut-off ≥ 4
N (%)
DT cut-off <  4
N (%)
OR (95% CI) Adjusted OR (95% CI)
Child care 133 (24) 63 (47) 70 (53) 0.9 (0.623–1.362)  
Housing 124 (22) 64 (52) 60 (48) 0.7 (0.496–1.106)  
Health Insurance 108 (20) 44 (41) 64 (59) 1.3 (0.543–1.866)* 7.6 (0.042–18.029)***
Transportation 111 (20) 53 (48) 58 (53) 0.9 (0.598–1.377)  
Work and school 36 (6) 20 (56) 16 (44) 1.2 (0.333–1.299)  
Treatment decisions 354 (64) 164 (47) 190 (53) 0.9 (0.655–1.340)  
Dealing with children 125 (23) 58 (46) 67 (54) 0.9 (0.655–1.477)  
Dealing with Partner 194 (35) 99 (51) 95 (49) 0.7 (0.514–1.039)  
Ability to have children 87 (16) 43 (49) 44 (51) 0.8 (0.532–1.332)  
Family Health Issue 74 (13) 44 (59) 30 (41) 1.4 (0.322–1.171)*  
Depression 147 (27) 132 (90) 15 (10) 8.8 (0.027–3.458)*** 6.9 (0.067–19.390)***
Fear 245 (45) 178 (73) 67 (27) 2.6 (0.082–1.731)*** 3.9 (0.134–13.690)***
Nervousness 126 (23) 84 (67) 42 (33) 2.0 (0.216–1.696)***  
Sadness 168 (31) 136 (81) 32 (19) 4.2 (0.066–2.277)*** 2.0 (0.260–7.020)**
Worry 258 (47) 178 (69) 80 (31) 2.2 (0.017–1.874)*** 4.4 (0.089–14.021)***
Loss of interest in usual activity 129 (23) 104 (80) 25 (20) 4.1 (0.081–2.518)*** 3.1 (0.157–11.310)***
Religious 24 (4) 21 (88) 3 (12) 7.0 (0.033–2.412)***  
Appearance 100 (18) 67 (67) 33 (33) 2.0 (0.218–1.525)***  
Bathing and Dressing 66 (12) 44 (67) 22 (33) 2.0 (0.219–1.519)***  
Breathing 101 (18) 61 (61) 40 (39) 1.5 (0.313–1.163)*  
Change in urination 83 (15) 39 (47) 44 (53) 0.8 (0.593–1.511)  
Constipation 141 (26) 70 (50) 71 (50) 0.9 (0.554–1.193)  
Diarrhea 80 (14) 49 (61) 31 (39) 1.5 (0.304–1.190)*  
Eating 156 (28) 87 (56) 69 (44) 1.2 (0.312–1.245)  
Fatigue 269 (49) 163 (61) 106 (39) 1.5 (0.299–1.156)*  
Feeling Swollen 113 (21) 77 (68) 36 (32) 2.1 (0.201–1.603)***  
Fever 71 (13) 50 (70) 21 (30) 2.3 (0.178–1.764)***  
Getting Around 91 (17) 62 (68) 29 (32) 2.1 (0.205–1.586)***  
Indigestion 125 (23) 75 (60) 50 (40) 1.5 (0.317–1.149)*  
Memory and Concentration 98 (18) 54 (55) 44 (45) 1.2 (0.409–0.986)  
Mouth Sores 72 (13) 45 (62) 27 (38) 1.7 (0. 275–1.300)**  
Nausea 156 (28) 98 (63) 58 (37) 1.7 (0.259–1.351)**  
Dry Nose &Congestion 74 (13) 40 (54) 34 (46) 1.1 (0.425–1.142)  
Pain 232 (42) 143 (62) 89 (38) 1.6 (0.228–1.477)***  
Sexual 125 (23) 72 (57) 53 (43) 1.3 (0.361–0.810)  
Itching and Dry Skin 86 (16) 44 (51) 42 (49) 1.0 (0.491–1.231)  
Tingling sensation in hands and feet 98 (18) 52 (53) 46 (47) 1.1 (0.453–1.088)  
Substance Abuse 35 (6) 31 (89) 4 (11) 9.0 (0.034–3.411)***  
Sleep 178 (32) 129 (72) 49 (28) 2.6 (0.127–1.998)*** 3.6 (0.155–12.921)***
  1. OR Odds Ratio, CI confidence interval
  2. * P-value < 0.05, ** p < 0.01, *** p < 0.001