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Table 1 Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of the participants in the Contemplative Self Healing Program

From: Contemplative self healing in women breast cancer survivors: a pilot study in underserved minority women shows improvement in quality of life and reduced stress

  Completed (N = 42)
Age (mean years ± SD) 63 ± 11
Race  
 Caucasian 29%
 African American 55%
 Latino 7%
 Asian 5%
Primary language Spanish 2%
Marital status  
 Married 41%
 Separated/divorced/widowed 40%
 Single 17%
Lives alone 29%
Finished college 67%
Working 57%
Retired 40%
Religion  
 Protestant 64%
 Catholic 31%
 Daily prayer 79%
Time since breast cancer diagnosis (years ± SD) 5.7 ± 5.8
Positive nodes 38%
Breast cancer treatment  
 Surgery 98%
 Chemotherapy 67%
 Radiation 55%
 Hormonal therapy 41%
 Current hormonal therapy 41%
Previous breast cancer recurrence 4%
ECOG Performance Status  
 Fully active 72%
 Limited strenuous activity 21%
 Ambulatory but unable to work 7%
EORTC cognitive  
 No difficulty (2–3) 47%
 Some difficulty (4–5) 41%
 A lot of difficulty (6–8) 12%
Health behaviors  
 Current smoker 10%
 Ever smoked 38%
Needs to cut back alcohol 9%
Sleep  
 >6 hours a night 63%
 4-5 hours a night 12%
 <4 hours a night 15%
Ever meditated before 31%
 Few times a week to daily 7%
 Less than once a week 17%
Obese 26%
Comorbidity  
 1-2 67%
 3-4 26%
 ≥5 7%
 Hypertension 36%
 Diabetes 26%
 CVA 2%
 Asthma 20%
 Other cancer 4%
Anti-depressants 14%
Stressors  
 Stress with health 39%
 Stress with relationships 29%
 Stress with job 29%
 Stress with money 41%
 Other stresses 32%
FACIT Spirituality 38.9 ± 7.0
Ryff Personal Well Being Scale  
 Autonomy 44.6 ± 6.5
 Environmental mastery 42.9 ± 6.2
 Personal growth 42.9 ± 7.2
 Relations 43.2 ± 7.5
 Purpose in life 40.3 ± 6.6
 Self acceptance 41.2 ± 6.8