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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of patients (n = 45)

From: A pilot randomized controlled trial of acupuncture at the Si Guan Xue for cancer pain

General Information All patients Participants Unwilling participants
   Mainland China Hong Kong Hong Kong
Sex
 Male 20 (47.62) 15 (50) 5 (41.67) 0 (0)
 Female 22 (52.38) 15 (50) 7 (58.33) 3 (100)
Age
 Average 57.59 56 59.17 78.33
 Range 24–91 24–79 42–91 74–82
Marital status
 Single 2 (4.76) 0 (0) 2 (16.67) 0 (0)
 Married 38 (90.48) 30 (100) 8 (66.66) 2 (67)
 Widowed 2 (4.76) 0 (0) 2 (16.67) 1 (33)
Education
 Illiteracy 8 (19.05) 6 (20) 2 (16.67) 1 (33)
 Primary school 13 (30.95) 12 (30) 1 (8.33) 1 (33)
 Secondary school 2 (4.76) 2 (6.67) 0 (0) 0 (0)
 High school 14 (33.33) 9 (30) 5 (41.67) 1 (33)
 University or above 5 (11.91) 1 (3.33) 4 (33.33) 0 (0)
Primary Disease Site
 Head and neck 5 (11.9) 1 (3.33) 4 (33.33) 1 (33)
 Lung 12 (28.57) 11 (36.67) 1 (8.33) 1 (33)
 Breast 3 (7.14) 1 (3.33) 2 (16.67) 0 (0)
 Gynecological 6 (14.29) 5 (16.67) 1 (8.33) 0 (0)
 Liver 5 (11.9) 5 (16.67) 0 (0) 0 (0)
 Upper GI (Esophagus, stomach and spleen) 5 (11.9) 3 (10) 2 (16.67) 0 (0)
 Lower GI(Colon) 3 (7.14) 2 (6.67) 1 (8.33) 0 (0)
 Other 3 (7.14) 2 (6.67) 1 (8.33) 1 (33)
Stage of cancer
 III 5 (11.9) 1 (3.33) 4 (33.33) 0 (0)
 IV 37 (88.1) 29 (96.67) 8 (66.67) 3 (100)
Other chronic diseases 26 (61.9) 20 (66.67) 6 (50) 2 (67)
Level of pain
 Average 5.81 5.9 5.58 7
 Range 2–8 2–8 5–8 5–8
KPS score
 Average 70 69 72.5 70
 Range 40–90 40–90 60–80 60–80