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Table 2 Distribution of alignment groups and patient characteristics (n = 3333)

From: Alignment between the patient’s cancer worry and the GP’s cancer suspicion and the association with the interval between first symptom presentation and referral: a cross-sectional study in Denmark

  Totala
n (%)
Total 3333 (100)
Patient (PT)-GP alignment
 1.PT worried, GP suspicious 1316 (39.5)
 2.PT not worried, GP suspicious 960 (28.2)
 3.PT worried, GP not suspicious 452 (13.6)
 4.PT not worried, GP not suspicious 605 (18.2)
Age group (years)
 18–49 438 (13.1)
 50–59 545 (16.4)
 60–69 1027 (30.8)
 70–79 969 (29.1)
 > 80 354 (10.6)
Sex
 Female 1654 (49.6)
 Male 1679 (50.4)
Year of diagnosis
 2010 1823 (54.7)
 2016 1510 (45.3)
Marital status
 Cohabiting/married 2252 (67.6)
 Living alone 1079 (32.4)
Education
 Short (≤10 years) 986 (30.1)
 Medium (11–15 years) 1382 (42.2)
 Long (> 15 years) 904 (27.6)
Diagnostic difficulty of cancerb
 Easy 1502 (47.2)
 Intermediate 1155 (36.3)
 Hard 522 (16.4)
Comorbidity (CCIcscore)
 None (0) 2312 (74.1)
 Low (1–2) 673 (21.6)
 High (2 or more) 134 (4.3)
Referral to cancer patient pathway
 Yes 1809 (43.5)
 No 2348 (56.5)
  1. aNumbers vary due to missing data
  2. b See previous research [13, 28,29,30]
  3. c Charlson Comorbidity Index