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Table 1 Background characteristics of participants

From: Addressing challenges in information-provision: a qualitative study among oncologists and women with advanced breast cancer

Patients Total (N = 14)
  M (SD)
Age 57.92 (7.40) (Range 46–70)
  N (%)
Marital status  
Married (including registered partnership) 7 (50.0)
Single (including divorced, widowed, unmarried) 7 (50.0)
Highest Education  
Low (primary education or less) -
Intermediate-1 (lower education) 5 (35.7)
Intermediate-2 (upper secondary) 2 (14.3)
High (tertiary) 7 (50.0)
Occupation  
Paid job -
Disabled / Sick leave 11 (78.6)
Housewife -
Retired 2 (14.3)
Voluntary work 1 (7.1)
Cultural background  
Dutch 13 (92.9)
Western immigrant -
Non-Western immigrant 1 (7.1)
Treatments currently receivinga  
Chemotherapy 2 (14.3)
Radiotherapy -
Hormone therapy 1 (7.1)
Immunotherapy 9 (64.3)
Operation 3 (21.4)
Symptom-oriented treatment (e.g. bone strengthening & rehabilitation) 2 (14.3)
Tumor-oriented treatment possible, but refrained from 4 (28.5)
Tumor-oriented treatment impossible 1 (7.1)
Oncologists Total (N = 10)
  M (SD)
Age 48.50 (7.34) (Range 37–59)
  N (%)
Sex  
Male 4 (40)
Female 6 (60)
Setting  
Academic 2 (20)
Peripheral 6 (60)
Specialized cancer hospital 2 (20)
Experience  
 < 5 years 2 (20)
5 – 10 years 2 (20)
 > 10 years 6 (60)
Self-perceived confidence to discuss treatment aims  
Not at all -
Moderate -
Fairly 1 (10)
Very 9 (90)
Self-perceived confidence to discuss treatment options  
Not at all -
Moderate -
Fairly 1 (10)
Very 9 (90)
Self-perceived confidence to discuss benefits/side effects  
Not at all -
Moderate -
Fairly 2 (20)
Very 8 (80)
  1. a Women can receive several treatments, so this does not add up to 100%