Table 2: Demographic and medical characteristics of the participants ( ).

InterventionControl
Demographic and medical variables
(%) (%)

Patient demographics

Mean age in years ± S.D.47.7 ± 8.049.5 ± 10.9NS
Employment status
 Working part-time or full-time12 (30.8)6 (21.4)
 Housewife15 (38.4)13 (46.4)NS
 Sick leave/retired12 (30.8)9 (32.2)
Education
 <Bachelor’s degree22 (56.4)18 (64.3)NS
 >Bachelor’s degree17 (43.6)10 (35.7)
Stage of breast cancer
 I7 (18.0)6 (21.4)
 II27 (69.2)21 (75.0)
 III5 (12.8)1 (3.6)
Type of surgery
 Breast-conserving26 (66.7)20 (714)
 Mastectomy13 (33.3)8 (28.0)