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Table 2 Need factors for formal care of the three patient groups at baseline

From: The utilization of formal and informal home care by older patients with cancer: a Belgian cohort study with two control groups

  ONC   OCP   MCP
n % p-value n % p-value n %
Total N° pts 333 100.0   161 100.0   350 100.0
ADL    0.80    < 0,001   
 Independent 184 55.3   87 54.0   273 78.0
 Dependent 149 44.7   74 46.0   77 22.0
IADL n = 329 0.55 n = 160 < 0,001 n = 344
 Independent 184 55.9   94 58.8   269 78.2
 Dependent 145 44.1   66 41.3   75 21.8
Depression n = 322 0.53 n = 148 0.34 n = 322
 Normal 276 85.7   130 87.8   292 90.7
 Impaired 46 14.3   18 12.2   30 9.3
Cognition    0.72    0.01   
 Normal 292 87.7   143 88.8   333 95.1
 Impaired 41 12.3   18 11.2   17 4.9
Nutrition n = 280 < 0,001 n = 135 0.45 n = 320
 Normal 229 81.8   48 35.6   102 31.9
 At risk/malnourished 51 18.2   87 64.4   218 68.1
Loneliness n = 318 0.004 n = 138 0.03 n = 322
 Not lonely 178 56.0   97 70.3   257 79.8
 Lonely 140 44.0   41 29.7   65 20.2
Fatigue n = 331 0.19 n = 149 0.18 n = 336
 No fatigue 150 45.3   58 38.9   153 45.5
 Fatigue 181 54.7   91 61.1   183 54.5
Polypharmacy    < 0,001    < 0,001   
 < 5 drugs 150 45.0   109 67.7   305 87.1
 ≥ 5 drugs 183 55.0   52 32.3   45 12.9
Comorbidity n = 326 < 0,001 n = 148 < 0.001 n = 339
 CCI 0 145 44.5   92 62.2   269 79.4
 CCI ≥ 1 181 55.5   56 37.8   70 20.6
  1. OCP were compared to the two control groups with the chi-square test. p < 0.05 denotes statistical significance