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Table 2 Delay (in days) and patient characteristics (n = 83 patients)

From: Factors influencing patient and health care delays in Oropharyngeal Cancer

 Number (%)Patient delayP valuePHCa delayP valueSpecialist-care delaybP value
Age (in years)  0.370 0.974 0.253
 < 469 (10.8)30.0 10.0 80.0 
 46–6538 (45.8)24.0 15.0 54.5 
 > 6536 (43.4)31.0 16.0 50.0 
Sex  0.795 0.305 0.806
 Male60 (72.3)30.0 15.0 54.0 
 Female23 (27.7)26.5 21.0 50.0 
History of smoking  0.327 0.799 0.069
 Never smoked26 (31.3)30.0 13.0 62.0 
 Former smoker39 (47.0)20.0 16.0 51.0 
 Current smoker18 (21.7)39.5 15.5 49.0 
Excessive use of alcohol  0.498 0.927 0.608
 No52 (62.7)23.0 18.0 54.5 
 Yes17 (20.5)34.0 15.0 52.5 
 Previous use14 (16.9)38.5 12.5 48.0 
Education  0.773 0.987 0.500
 Primary school27 (32.5)30.5 16.0 59.0 
 Secondary educationc36 (43.4)31.0 14.0 49.0 
 Post-secondary educationd20 (24.1)24.0 20.0 52.5 
Employment  0.043 0.414 0.866
 Currently employed or studying29 (34.9)20.0 14.5 55.0 
 Unemployed or retired53 (63.9)34.0 17.0 52.5 
 Unknown1 (1.2)      
Place of residence  0.342 0.311 0.759
 Capital area50 (60.2)30.0 16.0 50.0 
 Other33 (39.8)28.0 14.0 62.0 
  1. aPHC primary health care
  2. bn = 77 patients
  3. cSenior high school
  4. dUniversity or university of applied sciences