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Table 1 Description of the socio-demographic characteristics of participants

From: Validation of the PHQ-9 depression scale in Ethiopian cancer patients attending the oncology clinic at Tikur Anbessa specialized hospital

  Frequency Percent (%)
Age in years
 18–40 68 42
 41–60 73 45
 > 60 22 13
Gender
 Male 59 36
 Female 104 64
Literacy
 Literate 118 73
 Illiterate 43 27
Level of Education
 Elementary education 34 29
 High school education 29 25
 College & above 44 37
 Informal education 7 6
 No education 4 3
Marital status
 Married 108 66.3
 Single 19 11.7
 Divorced 9 5.5
 Widowed 18 11.0
Residence place
 Urban 48 29.4
 Rural 115 70.6
Occupation
 Housewives 51 31.3
 Farmer 26 16
 Merchant 25 15.3
 Government 28 28.2
 Student 6 3.7
 Daily laborer 2 1.2
 Unemployed 3 1.8
 Other 4 2.5