Table 1

 Sociodemographic characteristics of women with breast cancer according to hospital or telephone follow-up. Figures are numbers (percentages) of women unless stated otherwise

Hospital (n=183)Telephone (n=191)Total (n=374)
Age at recruitment (years):
 Mean (SD) 64.0 (11.1)63.9 (10.1)64.0 (10.6)
 Median (range)63.0 (36-87)64.0 (42-93)64.0 (36-93)
 <459 (5)4 (2)13 (4)
 45-5426 (14)32 (17)58 (16)
 55-6467 (37)60 (31)127 (34)
 65-7446 (25)60 (31)106 (28)
 ≥7535 (19)35 (18)70 (19)
Marital status:
 Married/cohabiting117 (64)123 (64)240 (64)
 Divorced/separated15 (8)21 (11)36 (10)
 Widowed38 (21)39 (20)77 (21)
 Never married13 (7)8 (4)21 (6)
Employment status at recruitment*:
 Employed full time28 (16)29 (15)57 (15)
 Employed part time29 (16)29 (15)58 (16)
 Retired115 (64)121 (64)236 (64)
 Unemployed5 (3)2 (1)7 (2)
 Long term sick3 (2)7 (4)10 (3)
 Other1 (1)2 (1)3 (1)
Social class (based on current/previous occupation)*:
 Managers and senior officials13 (8)19 (12)32 (10)
 Professional15 (10)18 (11)33 (10)
 Associate professionals/technical20 (13)20 (12)40 (13)
 Administrative/ secretarial48 (31)35 (22)83 (26)
 Skilled trades11 (7)7 (4)18 (6)
 Personal service9 (6)23 (14)32 (10)
 Sales/customer services12 (8)13 (8)25 (8)
 Process, plant, and machine operatives4 (3)2 (1)6 (2)
 Elementary occupations25 (16)25 (15)50 (16)

*Small numbers of missing values.