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Table 1 Participant clinical and socio-demographic characteristics (n = 234)

From: Towards patient-centred cancer care: cross-cultural validity and responsiveness of the Turkish Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale

Characteristics Measure Value
Age Mean (SD) 58.23 (12.45)
  Median (min, max) 60 (19.86)
Sex Woman% 73.5
Highest level of Education
 University and above % 13.7
 Highschool % 30.8
 Primary school % 26.9
 No schooling % 1.7
Marital status Married/Have a partner 73.1
  Single or Divorced % 26.5
Have children Yes% 87.6
Payment for Health
 Social insurance Yes% 64.5
 Private Health Insurance Yes% 15.4
Experiencing difficulties in meeting health expenses Yes% 91.5
Source of Support
 Family members play a role in supporting the patient Yes% 83.3
 Friends play a role in supporting the patient Yes% 43.2
 Professionals support the patient Yes% 1.3
 Civil Society Organizations support the patient Yes% 82.1
 No need for support Yes% 1.7
 No support Yes% 1.7
Source of Comfort
 Feeling Better / Family Yes% 81.2
 Feeling Better / Friends Yes% 53.4
 Feeling Better / Social Media Yes% 14.5
 Feeling Better / Being alone Yes% 7.3
Comorbidities Yes% 43.6
 Hypertension % 50
 Diabetes % 28.4
 Thyroid % 6
 Asthma % 2
 Other conditions: % 13.6
Disease stage (MV)
 I (relatively small and contained within the organ it started in) % 6.8
 II (bigger than I but cancer has not started to spread into the surrounding tissues only to lymph nodes) % 30.3
 III (started to spread into surrounding tissues and there are cancer cells in the lymph nodes in the area) % 34.2
 IV (metastatic - has spread from where it started to another body organ) % 18.8
Anatomical Site of Origin of Cancer (Top 7)
 Breast % 48.3
 Lymph Nodes % 6.8
 Colon % 6.8
 Prostate Gland % 6
 Bronchus and Lung % 3.8
 Thyroid % 3.8
 Uterus % 3
  1. The IPOS total scores were normally distributed (Fig. 1). There were no ceiling or floor effects for the total score or for any of the sub-scale scores (Table 3)