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Table 3 Demographic and clinical characteristics of participants and non-participants

From: A survey of cancer patients’ unmet information and coordination needs in handovers – a cross-sectional study

  Participants, n (%) Non-participants, n (%)
All 131 (52.4) 119 (47.6)
Demographic characteristics   
Gender*   
 Female 98 (75) 86 (72)
 Male 33 (25) 33 (28)
Age* 65 (9.5), 41-86 66 (11.4), 39-90
Mean (SD), min-max
 <60 years 38 (29) 40 (34)
 ≥60 years 93 (71) 78 (66)
Years since diagnosis* 3.09 (1.65-6.01) 3.89 (2.03-6.76)
Median (IQR)
 <3 years 60 (46) 46 (39)
 ≥3 years 70 (54) 71 (61)
Marital status #   
 Not living with a partner 28 (22) -
 Living with a partner 102 (78) -
Children #   
 No children living at home 114 (89) -
 Children living at home 14 (11) -
Education #   
 No higher education 70 (57) -
 Higher education 56 (44) -
Occupation #   
 Not retired 47 (37) -
 Retired 80 (63) -
Clinical characteristics   
Comorbidity   
 No comorbidity 40 (32) -
 Comorbidity 95 (68) -
Cancer type*   
 Breast 90 (71) 82 (69)
 Prostate 27 (21) 22 (19)
 Colorectal 10 (8) 11 (9)
 Other 0 (0) 3 (3)
Treatment*   
 Surgery 96 (74) 92 (78)
 Radiation therapy 79 (61) 66 (56)
 Chemotherapy 68 (52) 64 (54)
 Hormone therapy 100 (77) 85 (72)
 Other pharmaceutical 17 (13) 13 (11)
 Other treatments 3 (2) 2 (2)
 No treatment 4 (3) 2 (2)
  1. *Information on sex, age, years since diagnosis, cancer type and treatment were retrieved by RNs from medical records at the time of assessment.
  2. #Information available only on included patients because information was self-reported, i.e. from the patient questionnaire.