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Table 1 Demographic and treatment characteristics of patient and healthy control samples

From: Measuring decision quality: psychometric evaluation of a new instrument for breast cancer surgery

  Patients Healthy controls
Characteristic N = 440 N = 35
Age in years, mean (SD) 56.9 (11.3) 42.4 (10.9)
Race, N (%)     
White 365 (83.0) 26 (74.3)
Black 35 (8.0) 3 (8.6)
Other 40 (9.1) 5 (14.3)
Education, N (%)     
High school or less 55 (12.5) 0 0
Some college 106 (24.1) 8 (22.9)
College graduate or more 279 (63.4) 27 (77.1)
Annual income, N (%)     
<30,000 59 (13.4) 1 (2.9)
30,000-59,999 87 (19.8) 11 (31.4)
60,000-100,000 107 (24.3) 14 (40.0)
>100,000 160 (36.4) 8 (22.9)
Marital status, N (%)     
Married/Partnered 297 (67.5) 23 (65.7)
Other 141 (32.0) 12 (34.3)
Months since diagnosis, mean (SD) 30.8 (9.8) --  
Stage I (vs. II), N (%) 265 (60.2) --  
Treatment, N (%)     
Mastectomy* (vs. Lumpectomy) 168 (38.2) --  
Breast reconstruction 80 (18.2) --  
Radiation 256 (58.2) --  
  1. *57 patients had lumpectomy initially, followed by mastectomy.
  2. SD=standard deviation.