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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the 20 participants included in the pilot study

From: Lessons learned from a randomized controlled trial on a home delivered meal service in advanced cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy: a pilot study

Baseline characteristics Usual care group (n = 11) Intervention group (n = 9)
Gender, n (%) Male 4 (36) 2 (22)
Age, years, mean ± SD   59 ± 14 63 ± 10
MUST score, n (%) 0 9 (82) 7 (78)
  1 1 (9) 0 (0)
  ≥2 1 (9) 2 (22)
Primary tumour, n (%) Gastrointestinal 5 (46) 3 (33)
  Breast cancer 2 (18) 2 (22)
  Gynecological 4 (36) 4 (44)
Metastases, n (%) Yes 7 (64) 5 (56)
  No 4 (36) 4 (44)
Emetogenicity chemotherapy, n (%) High 1 (9) 0 (0)
  Moderate 5 (46) 7 (78)
  Low 5 (46) 2 (22)
Chemotherapy schedule, n (%) Two weekly 1 (9) 0 (0)
  Three weekly 10 (91) 9 (100)
Comorbidities, n (%) None 5 (46) 3 (33)
  Diabetes 2 (18) 0 (0)
  Hypertension 2 (18) 1 (11)
  Cardiovascular 1 (9) 0 (0)
  Other 4 (36) 2 (22)
  1. MUST malnutrition universal screening tool, MUST 0: low risk of malnutrition, MUST 1 medium risk of malnutrition, MUST ≥2 high risk of malnutrition