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Table 1 Baseline comparison between groups

From: Patient-reported measurement of time to diagnosis in cancer: development of the Cancer Symptom Interval Measure (C-SIM) and randomised controlled trial of method of delivery

  Self-completed Researcher-completed
n = 93 n = 108
Cancer site
  Breast 28 (30.1%) 28 (25.9%)
  Colorectal 15 (16.1%) 15 (13.9%)
  Upper GI 5 (5.4%) 4 (3.7%)
  Haematological 10 (10.8%) 10 (9.3%)
  Pancreas 2 (2.2%) 3 (2.8%)
  Testicle 1 (1.1%) 1 (0.9%)
  Lung 11 (11.8%) 15 (13.9%)
  Ovary 1 (1.1%) 3 (2.8%)
  Prostate 15 16.1%) 21 (19.4%)
  Renal/bladder 2 (2.2%) 3 (2.8%)
  Endometrium/cervix 3 (3.2%) 5 (4.6%)
Age (years)
  Mean (SD) 65.3 (11.3) 63.6 (12.2)
Gender
  Male 45 (48.4%) 56 (51.9%)
  Female 48 (51.6%) 52 (48.1%)
Employment
  Employed full time 23 (24.7%) 17 (15.7%)
  Employed part time 5 (5.4%) 12 (11.1%)
  Self employed full time 6 (6.5%) 2 (1.9%)
  Self employed part time 2 (2.2%) 8 (7.4%)
  Unemployed 1 (1.1%) 2 (1.9%)
  Retired 44 (47.3%) 59 (54.6%)
  Sick/disabled 3 (3.2%) 3 (2.8%)
  Looking after family/home 4 (4.3%) 2 (1.9%)
  Other 2 (2.2%) 3 (2.8%)
  Missing 3 (3.2%) 0 (0.0%)
Educational level
  GCSE/O Level 19 (20.4%) 16 (14.8%)
  A Level 5 (5.4%) 5 (4.6%)
  Diploma 12 (12.9%) 12 (11.1%)
  Degree/Higher degree 15 (16.1%) 20 (18.5%)
  Other 11 (11.8%) 23 (21.3%)
  None 26 (28.0%) 29 (26.9%)
  Missing 5 (5.4%) 3 (2.8%)
Ethnicity
  White British 79 (84.9%) 85 (78.7%)
  White 11 (11.8%) 13 (12.0%)
  White Irish 0 (0.0%) 1 (0.9%)
  Other white 1 (1.1%) 8 (7.4%)
  Indian 0 (0.0%) 1 (0.9%)
  Missing 2 (2.2%) 0 (0.0%)
Domestic status
Alone 20 (21.5%) 21 (19.4%)
Spouse/partner (+/- others) 63 (67.7%) 81 (75.0%)
Child/ren (+/- grandchildren) 5 (5.4%) 3 (2.8%)
Sibling/s 0 (0.0%) 1 (0.9%)
Parents 1 (1.1%) 0 (0.0%)
Friends 1 (1.1% 0 (0.0%)
Other 1 (1.1%) 1 (0.9%)
Missing 2 (2.2%) 1 (0.9%)
Co-morbidities
Previous cancer 6 (6.5%) 8 (7.4%)
Diabetes 9 (9.7%) 6 (5.6%)
COPD 3 (3.2%) 7 (6.5%)
Asthma 7 (7.5%) 16 (14.8%)
Other lung disease 1 (1.1%) 2 (1.9%)
Heart disease 11 (11.8%) 18 (16.7%)
Arthritis 16 (17.2%) 18 (16.7%)
Peptic ulcer 0 (0.0%) 3 (2.8%)
Irritable bowel syndrome 8 (8.6%) 9 (8.3%)
Inflammatory bowel disease 6 (6.5%) 5 (4.6%)
Anxiety or depression 19 (20.4%) 23 (21.3%)
Smoking
Current smoker 12 (12.9%) 16 (14.8%)
Ex-smoker 43 (46.2%) 55 (50.9%)
Never smoked 36 (38.7%) 37 (34.3%)
Missing 2 (2.2%) 0 (0.0%)
At risk of cancer because of family history
Yes 26 (28.0%) 23 (21.3%)
No 65 (65.9%) 84 (77.8%)
Missing 2 (2.2%) 1 (0.9%)
Time between diagnosis and completion (days)
Mean (SD) 85.5 (54.4) 102.4 (62.3)