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Table 1 Socio-demographic, disease and medical finance characteristics of the study sample (N = 640)

From: Translation and validation of the Traditional Chinese version of the COmprehensive Score for financial Toxicity-Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (Version 2)

Socio-demographic characteristics  
Age (years)a 59.9 (11.1)
Sex  
 Male 229 (35.8%)
 Female 411 (64.2%)
Marital status  
 Single/divorced/widowed 179 (28.0%)
 Married/cohabitation 461 (72.0%)
Educational level  
 No formal education/primary 202 (31.6%)
 Secondary 325 (50.8%)
 Post-secondary or above 113 (17.7%)
Have full-/part-time job  
 No 507 (79.2%)
 Yes 133 (20.8%)
Household monthly income (HK$)  
 < 10,000 259 (40.5%)
 10,000–29,999 197 (30.8%)
 ≥ 30,000 144 (22.5%)
 Don’t know 40 (6.3%)
Living alone  
 No 585 (91.4%)
 Yes 55 (8.6%)
Time traveling from home to hospital (minutes)b 60 (40–90)
Disease characteristics  
Time since diagnosis (months)b 14 (6–36)
Stage of disease  
 I 49 (7.7%)
 II 111 (17.3%)
 III 172 (26.9%)
 IV 303 (47.3%)
 Unsure 5 (0.8%)
Specific sites of the cancer  
 Breast 233 (36.4%)
 Gynecological 27 (4.2%)
 Head and neck 34 (5.3%)
 Gastric and colorectal 162 (25.3%)
 Genitourinary 35 (5.5%)
 Lung 104 (16.2%)
 Hematological 25 (3.9%)
 Skin, bone and soft tissue 10 (1.6%)
 Brain and central nervous system, endocrine glands and others 10 (1.6%)
Type of treatment received  
 Surgery 417 (65.2%)
 Radiotherapy 290 (45.3%)
 Chemotherapy 522 (81.6%)
 Target therapy 264 (41.3%)
 Hormonal therapy 141 (22.0%)
 Immunotherapy 19 (3.0%)
Admitted to A&E or hospital due to cancer related complications in the last year  
 No 364 (56.9%)
 Yes 276 (43.1%)
Admitted to A&E due to cancer related complications in the last year  
 0 410 (64.4%)
 1–2 169 (26.5%)
 ≥ 3 58 (9.1%)
Admitted to hospital due to cancer related complications in the last year  
 0 384 (60.3%)
 1–2 194 (30.5%)
 ≥ 3 59 (9.3%)
Any co-existing disease  
 No 387 (60.5%)
 Yes 253 (39.5%)
Medical finance characteristics  
Sources of finance for the cancer treatment  
 Personal income 120 (18.8%)
 Personal savings 496 (77.5%)
 Personal medical insurance 164 (25.6%)
  Children 194 (30.3%)
  Parents 8 (1.3%)
  Spouse 111 (17.3%)
 Civil service medical and dental benefits 62 (9.7%)
 CSSA 35 (5.5%)
 Social security allowance scheme 319 (49.8%)
 Governmental medical fee waiving mechanism 24 (3.8%)
 Other drugs or medical assistance programs 116 (18.1%)
Ever discussed with health professionals about medical fee  
 No 239 (37.3%)
 Yes 401 (62.7%)
Willing to discuss with health professionals about medical fee  
 No 29 (4.5%)
 Yes 611 (95.5%)
Have medical Insurance  
 No 424 (66.3%)
 Yes 216 (33.8%)
Among those who have medical insurance (n = 216)  
Type of medical insurance  
 Personal 166 (77.2%)
 Company 24 (11.2%)
 Both 25 (11.6%)
Insured amount per month (HK$)  
 ≤ 500 47 (21.8%)
 501–1,000 78 (36.1%)
 > 1,000 73 (33.8%)
 Don’t know 18 (8.3%)
  1. Data marked with aare presented as mean (standard deviation) and with bas median (inter-quartile range), all others are presented as frequency (%)
  2. A&E, Accident and Emergency Department; CSSA, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance