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Table 1 SocioDemographic characteristics and bivariate test of association with SF-36 Physical Component Summary Score (PCS) and Mental Component Summary Score (MCS) (N = 331)

From: Co-morbidity and predictors of health status in older rural breast cancer survivors

Characteristic n (%) SF-36 PCS, SF-36 MCS,
mean (SD) mean (SD)
Age groups   P = 0.339 P < .001
55-64 125 (37.8) 45.8 (11.27) 46.35 (11.97)
65-70 94 (28.4) 44.35 (10.89) 49.63 (11.52)
71-90 112 (33.8) 43.82 (9.83) 52.21 (10.62)
Number of prescription categories*   P < .001 P = 0.164
0-2 110 (33.3) 47.49 (10.75) 50.41 (11.98)
3-4 115 (34.7) 45.39 (9.87) 49.77 (10.69)
5-12 106 (32.0) 41.13 (10.59) 47.54 (12.14)
Marital status   P = 0.354 P = 0.404
Never married 5 (1.5) 49.5 (5.17) 52.08 (8.34)
Married or living w/partner 235 (71) 45.03 (10.68) 49.72 (11.15)
Separated/divorced/widowed 91 (27.4) 43.65 (10.93) 47.94 (12.94)
Ethnicity   P = 0.421 P = 0.701
Caucasian 315 (95.2) 44.61 (10.67) 49.32 (11.62)
Non-Caucasian Minority 16 (4.8) 46.82 (11.39) 48.17 (12.29)
Education   P = 0.227 P = 0.025
< High school 19 (5.7) 43.08 (10.46) 44.21 (11.05)
High school graduate 75 (22.7) 44.7 (10.29) 48.61 (12.27)
Technical school/some college 114 (34.5) 43.22 (10.48) 48.03 (12.68)
Completed college 76 (22.9) 46.53 (10.87) 52.44 (9.43)
Postgraduate 47 (14.2) 46.12 (11.47) 50.27 (10.42)
Employment status   P < .001 P = <.001
Full-time 56 (16.9) 48.43 (8.94) 48.15 (10.06)
Part-time 48 (14.5) 46.42 (10.42) 48.69 (11.77)
Retired 193 (58.3) 44.13 (10.42) 50.99 (11.47)
Homemaker 13 (3.9) 43.72 (12.83) 44.48 (11.27)
Disability 12 (3.6) 31.71 (11.96) 35.47 (11.86)
Unemployed 9 (2.8) 43.93 (10.15) 47.86 (11.18)
Health insurance   P = 0.581 P = 0.008
No 14 (4.2) 43.17 (12.06) 41.25 (13.1)
Yes 317 (95.8) 44.79 (10.65) 49.62 (11.46)
BMI category*   P < .001 P = 0.645
Underweight (<18.5) 4 (1.2) 43.3 (12.17) 55.65 (3.75)
Normal (18.5 to 24.9) 98 (30.3) 49.28 (9.26) 49.12 (11.77)
Overweight (25 to 29.9) 107 (33.2) 46.21 (10.04) 49.87 (11.63)
Obese (≥30) 114 (35.3) 39.76 (10.26) 48.85 (11.35)
MOS overall social support score   P = 0.018 P < .001
12-50 45 (13.6) 40.55 (10.74) 40.45 (13.09)
51-75 69 (20.8) 45.7 (10.36) 46.32 (10.96)
76-100 217 (65.6) 45.28 (10.65) 52.03 (10.36)
Family income   P = 0.023 P = 0.002
$20,000 or less 55 (16.6) 43.61 (11.56) 45.08 (13.33)
$20,001 to $30,000 54 (16.3) 41.83 (10.06) 47.56 (13.98)
$30,001 to $40,000 27 (8.2) 43.46 (12.22) 47.47 (9.19)
$40,001 to $50,000 36 (10.9) 46.36 (9.7) 48.89 (10.56)
Greater than $50,000 110 (33.2) 47.22 (9.61) 50.62 (10.33)
Declined to answer 49 (14.8) 43.04 (11.62) 54.05 (9.58)
Decrease in income level a *   P = 0.283 P = 0.023
No 202 (61.1) 45.22 (10.63) 50.42 (10.82)
Yes 129 (38.9) 43.92 (10.8) 47.45 (12.65)
Borrowed money a *   P = 0.066 P < .001
No 296 (89.4) 45.09 (10.5) 50.17 (11.03)
Yes 35 (10.6) 41.58 (11.92) 41.69 (13.87)
Changed economic lifestyle a *   P = 0.043 P < .001
No 247 (74.6) 45.42 (10.5) 51.07 (10.65)
Yes 84 (25.4) 42.68 (11.07) 43.99 (12.8)
  1. Notes: P-values from ANOVA tests; BMI = Body Mass Index; MOS = Medical Outcomes Study.
  2. *Counts < 331 due to missing responses; BMI categories from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  3. aSince end of cancer treatment.