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Table 1 Description of study participants

From: Occupational exposure of platinum-based anti-cancer drugs: five-year monitoring of hair and environmental samples in a single hospital

Ward/ Items 2010 2015 P-valued
Diabetes Total number 10 19  
Gender, Womena 9 (90) 12 (63) 0.201
Age, Median (interquartile range) 28 (26–35) 29 (26–33) 0.610
 Doctor 0 (0) 5 (26) 0.134
 Nurse 10 (100) 14 (74)  
 Pharmacist 0 (0) 0 (0)  
PD Usersb 3 (30) 8 (42) 0.694
Hematology Total number 20 16  
Gender, Women 14 (70) 14 (88) 0.257
Age, Median (interquartile range) 29 (26–33) 29 (24–38) 0.711
 Doctor 5 (25) 2 (12) 0.426
 Nurse 15 (75) 14 (88)  
 Pharmacist 0 (0) 0 (0)  
PD Users 13 (65) 13 (81) 0.456
Respiratory Total number 11 13  
Gender, Women 10 (91) 9 (69) 0.327
Age, Median (interquartile range) 26 (25–34) 27 (25–30) 0.786
 Doctor 0 (0) 5 (38) 0.041
 Nurse 11 (100) 8 (62)  
 Pharmacist 0 (0) 0 (0)  
PD Users 9 (82) 7 (54) 0.211
Gastro-enterology Total number 8 13  
Gender, Women 6 (75) 12 (92) 0.531
Age, Median (interquartile range) 28 (27–31) 28 (23–30) 0.680
 Doctor 2 (25) 3 (23) 1.000
 Nurse 6 (75) 10 (77)  
 Pharmacist 0 (0) 0 (0)  
PD Users 6 (75) 10 (77) 1.000
Pharmacy Total number 10 15  
Gender, Women 7 (70) 5 (33) 0.111
Age, Median (interquartile range) 31 (29–35) 33 (28–43) 0.692
 Doctor 0 (0) 0 (0)
 Nurse 0 (0) 0 (0)  
 Pharmacist 10 (100) 15 (100)  
PD Users 5 (50) 13 (87) 0.075
Total hospital workers Total number 59 76  
Gender, Women 46 (78) 52 (68) 0.247
Age, Median (interquartile range) 29 (26–33) 29 (26–36) 0.803
 Doctor 7 (12) 15 (20) 0.378
 Nurse 42 (71) 46 (60)  
 Pharmacist 10 (17) 15 (20)  
PD Users 36 (61) 51 (67) 0.475
Patientsc Total number 15  
Gender, Women   1 (7)
Age, Median (interquartile range)   64 (57–70)
Non-medical office workers Total number 15  
Gender, Women   10 (67)
Age, Median (interquartile range)   41 (37–47)
  1. a Values are number (percentage) unless otherwise stated
  2. b Platinum-containing drug (PDs) handling within the past 3 months answered in questionnaire
  3. c Treated with PDs
  4. d Fisher’s exact test for categorical variables and Wilcoxon rank-sum test for age