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Table 1 Socio-demographicandclinicaldataof all respondents and those who left at least 1 comment.

From: Exploring patient experiences of cancer care in Northern Ireland: A thematic analysis of free-text responses to the 2018 Northern Ireland Patient Experience Survey (NICPES)

  All respondents Respondents with at least 1 comment 
Respondent characteristics  Number of respondents Percentage Number of respondents Percentage
Sex      
Male  1639 47.1% 1121 46.6%
Female  1839 52.9% 1284 53.4%
Age group      
< 45  92 2.7% 68 2.9%
45 - 54  312 9.0% 234 9.7%
55 - 64  809 23.3% 555 23.1%
65 - 74  1039 29.9% 732 30.4%
75 - 84  548 15.8% 365 15.2%
85 +  31 0.9% 19 0.8%
Ethnicity      
White  3220 99.5% 2239 99.6%
Any other ethnic group  16 0.5% 8 0.4%
Sexual orientation      
Heterosexual or straight  3119 96.6% 2186 97.2%
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Other  41 1.3% 23 1.0%
Prefer not to say  59 1.8% 40 1.8%
Deprivation quintile      
1 (Least deprived)  613 17.6% 401 16.7%
667 19.2% 452 18.8%
667 19.2% 453 18.8%
728 20.9% 498 20.7%
5 (Most deprived)  803 23.1% 601 25.0%
Cancer type      
Brain / CNS  29 0.8% 21 0.9%
Breast  655 18.8% 483 20.1%
Colorectal / LGT  431 12.4% 290 12.1%
Gynaecological  182 5.2% 127 5.3%
Haematological  622 17.9% 432 18.0%
Head and Neck  109 3.1% 77 3.2%
Lung  180 5.2% 122 5.1%
Prostate  301 8.7% 211 8.8%
Sarcoma  18 0.5% 13 0.5%
Skin  68 2.0% 48 2.0%
Upper Gastro  152 4.4% 101 4.2%
Urological  370 10.6% 230 9.6%
Other  361 10.4% 250 10.4%
Health Board      
Belfast  1455 41.8% 1052 43.7%
Northern  424 12.2% 303 12.6%
South Eastern  598 17.2% 423 17.6%
Southern  473 13.6% 284 11.8%
Western  528 15.2% 343 14.3%
Employment status when diagnosed with cancer      
Employed (FT/PT)  1243 37.5% 909 39.6%
Unemployed  173 5.2% 106 4.6%
Retired  1624 49% 1110 48.4%
Other (incl. homemaker, student)  272 8.2% 169 7.4%
Employment status now      
Employed (FT/PT)  686 21.0% 511 22.6%
Unemployed  410 12.6% 262 11.6%
Retired  1908 58.5% 1326 58.6%
Other (incl. homemaker, student)  260 8.0% 165 7.3%