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Table 1 Characteristics of cancer patients by disability status

From: The changing relationship between health burden and work disability of Australian cancer survivors, 2003–2017: evidence from a longitudinal survey

Variablesn (%) / n (mean)Disability distribution among cancer survivorsP-value
Any disability, n (%)No disability, n (%)
Sex
Male1398 (54.38)711 (50.86)687 (49.14)0.353
Female1173 (45.62)575 (49.02)598 (50.98) 
Age
< 25 years63 (2.45)11 (17.46)52 (82.54)< 0.001
25–45 years383 (14.90)103 (26.89)280 (73.11) 
46–65 years975 (37.92)409 (41.95)566 (58.05) 
> 65 years1150 (44.73)763 (66.35)387 (33.65) 
Educational attainment
Year 12 or below989 (38.47)573 (57.94)416 (42.06)< 0.001
Year 12220 (8.56)97 (44.09)123 (55.91) 
Trade/certificate/diploma977 (38.00)468 (47.90)509 (52.10) 
Tertiary385 (14.97)148 (38.44)237 (61.56) 
Employment status
Employed974 (37.88)247 (25.36)727 (74.64)< 0.001
Unemployed1597 (62.12)1039 (65.06)558 (34.94) 
Physical activity status
Low496 (45.38)301 (60.69)195 (39.31)< 0.001
Moderate346 (31.66)176 (50.87)170 (49.13) 
High251 (22.96)99 (39.44)152 (60.56) 
 Alcohol consumption (= yes)1903 (74.02)887 (46.61)1016 (53.39)< 0.001
 Smoking exposure (= yes)370 (14.39)179 (48.38)191 (51.62)0.095
Health burden
No burden257 (10.00)59 (22.96)198 (77.04)< 0.001
Moderate burden1566 (60.91)698 (44.57)868 (55.43) 
Severe burden748 (29.09)529 (70.72)219 (29.28) 
Private insurance coverage
Yes613 (56.08)292 (47.63)321 (52.37)< 0.001
No480 (43.92)284 (59.17)196 (40.83) 
Healthcare utilisation
Yes1093 (72.43)682 (62.40)411 (37.60)< 0.001
No416 (27.57)115 (27.64)301 (72.36) 
Life satisfaction with (mean scores)
Household members2571 (8.20)8.23 (1.85)8.17 (1.83)0.786
Employment2571 (3.37)2.29 (3.62)4.45 (3.98)< 0.001
Financial situation2571 (6.72)6.54 (2.49)6.89 (2.29)0.005
Social supports2571 (7.91)7.79 (1.89)8.03 (1.73)< 0.001
Remoteness
Major cities1552 (60.37)774 (49.87)778 (50.13)< 0.001
Inner regional660 (25.67)336 (50.91)324 (49.09) 
Outer regional314 (12.21)158 (50.32)156 (49.68) 
Remote or very remote45 (1.75)18 (40.00)27 (60.00) 
Socioeconomic status
Q1(lowest 20%) (ref)516 (20.07)293 (22.78)223 (17.35)< 0.001
Q2595 (23.14)322 (25.04)273 (21.25) 
Q3463 (18.01)225 (17.50)238 (18.52) 
Q4534 (20.77)238 (18.51)296 (23.04) 
Q5(highest 20%)463 (18.01)208 (16.17)255 (19.84) 
Overall2571 (100.00)1286 (50.02)1285 (49.98)