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Table 1 Patient Characteristics (N = 1416)

From: The trends of complementary alternative medicine use among cancer patients

Characteristics 2006–2008
N = 464
N(%)
2016–2018
N = 952
N(%)
P value*
Gender
 Male 184 (39.7) 367 (38.5) 0.6890
 Female 280 (60.3) 585 (61.4)  
Median Age/Range 54 (34–72) 56 (26–81) 0.3840
Marital Status: N = 1408
 Married 337 (73.90) 654 (68.7) 0.0857
 Single 43 (9.4) 117 (12.3)
 Separated 1 (0.2) 14 (1.5)
 Divorced 13 (3) 28 (3)
 Widow 62 (13.6) 139 (14.6)
Level of Education: N = 1404
 Illiterate 51 (11.3) 100 (10.5) <.0001
 Primary 73 (16.1) 162 (17.0)
 Intermediate 188 (41.6) 280 (29.4)
 Secondary 71 (15.7) 243 (25.5)
 Higher education 69 (15.3) 167 (17.5)
Work Status: N = 1358
 No Job 328 (70.7) 752 (79) 0.0006
 Job 136 (29.3) 200 (21.)
Disease Type: N = 1416
 Solid tumor 342 (73.7) 770 (80.9) 0.0020
 Hematological malignancy 122 (26.3) 182 (19.1)
Treatment Type:
 Surgery 251 (54.1) 527 (55.4) 0.6541
 Radiation 79 (17.0) 417 (43.8) <.0001
 Chemotherapy 423 (91.2) 780 (81.9) <.0001
 SCT 0 (0.00) 87 (9.1) <.0001
 No treatment 21 (4.5) 44 (4.6) 0.9354
  1. Higher education: college and postgraduate, SCT: stem cell transplantation
  2. *The Chi-squared test statistic is significant at < 0.05