Table 1

Demographic and clinical characteristics of study participants (n=16)

Sample characteristics, third interviewDescription
Gender
 Male9 (56%)
 Female7 (44%)
Age (years)Mean 55.1; range up to 75)
 <608 (50%)
 ≥608 (50%)
Marital status
 Married or common-law relationship13 (81%)
 Single/divorced3 (19%)
Education
 Unskilled workers2 (12%)
 Skilled workers10 (63%)
 Further education4 (25%)
Diagnosis*
 Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)11 (69%) (3 relapse)
 Chronic myeloid leukaemia in myeloid blast crisis (CML)1 (6%)
 Chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML)1 (6%)
 Refractory anaemia with excess blasts (RAEB)1 (6%)
 Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)2 (13%)
Time from diagnosis to third interview (weeks)Mean 51.9; range 40–72
Treatment status
 Outpatient Clinic follow-up, Odense University Hospital3 (19%)
 Allogenic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, National University Hospital, Copenhagen or Aarhus University Hospital10 (62%)
 Second line therapy, Odense University Hospital3 (19%)
  • The CML, CMML and RAEB special leukaemia diagnoses, which are chronic diseases, but often turn into acute leukaemia after a short time. Therefore, they received treatment equivalent to acute leukaemia patients’ regiments and were handled identically to them.