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Table 2 Patient demographics

From: Patients’ willingness to participate in clinical trials and their views on aspects of cancer research: results of a prospective patient survey

Characteristic N (%)
(n = 276)
Gender  
 Male 188 (68 %)
 Female 88 (32 %)
Age  
 Median (range) 64 years (19–85)
Native English speaker 252 (91 %)
Ethnicity  
 White 238 (86 %)
 Asian 21 (8 %)
 Black 8 (3 %)
 Other 9 (3 %)
Marital status  
 Married/partner 194 (70 %)
 Single 35 (13 %)
 Separated/divorced 15 (5 %)
 Widowed 14 (5 %)
 Unknown 18 (7 %)
Social class  
 Grade A/B (upper middle/middle class) 56 (20 %)
 Grade C1/2 (lower middle/skilled working class) 34 (12 %)
 Grade D (working class) 48 (17 %)
 Grade E (retired) 109 (40 %)
 Grade E (unemployed) 5 (2 %)
 Unknown 24 (9 %)
Percentage of households in poverty in the patient’s postcode area  
  ≥ 27.61 % 20 (7 %)
 22.01–27.6 % 43 (16 %)
 17.91–22 % 48 (17 %)
 14.41–17.9 % 51 (18 %)
  ≤ 14.4 % 112 (41 %)
 Not in Englanda 2 (1 %)
Type of cancer  
 Colorectal 117 (42 %)
 Oesophagogastric 100 (36 %)
 Pancreatic 18 (7 %)
 Hepatobiliary 11 (4 %)
 Carcinoma of unknown primary/other GI 3 (1 %)
 Hodgkin’s lymphoma 10 (4 %)
 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 17 (6 %)
Treatment aim  
 Curative 96 (35 %)
 Palliative 180 (65 %)
Number of previous lines of treatment  
 0 133 (48 %)
 1 87 (32 %)
 2 39 (14 %)
 3 13 (5 %)
  ≥ 4 3 (1 %)
 Unknown 1 (1 %)
Performance status  
 0 106 (38 %)
 1 130 (47 %)
 2 20 (7 %)
 3 3 (1 %)
 Unknown 17 (6 %)
  1. aNo comparable poverty statistics available for regions outside of England
  2. GI gastrointestinal