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Table 3 The comparison of formal and informal care at baseline between OCP and two control groups

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 %
Formal care n = 333 0.77 n = 161 < 0.001 n = 350
 Users 167 50.2   83 51.6   63 18.0
 Non-users 166 49.8   78 48.4   287 82.0
Individual home care service
 Home nursing 66 19.8 0.86 33 20.5 < 0.001 14 4.0
 Home help services 24 7.2 0.50 9 5.6 0.01 5 1.4
 Cleaning help 140 42.0 0.41 74 46.0 < 0.001 49 14.0
 Physiotherapist 37 11.1 0.003 5 3.1 0.62 14 4.0
 Meals on wheels 26 7.8 0.24 8 5.0 < 0.001 0 0.0
Informal care n = 331 < 0.001 n = 157 0.86 n = 335
 Present 188 56.8   135 86.0   286 85.4
 Not present 143 43.2   22 14.0   49 14.6
Formal care + informal care n = 331   n = 157   n = 335
 No care 84 25.4 < 0,001 11 7.0 0.13 38 11.3
 Informal care only 80 24.2 < 0,001 66 42.0 < 0,001 237 70.7
 Formal care only 59 17.8 0.001 11 7.0 0.06 11 3.3
 Informal care + formal care 108 32.6 0.02 69 43.9 < 0,001 49 14.6
  1. OCP were compared to the two control groups with the chi-square test. p < 0.05 denotes statistical significance