Table 1.

Bivariate associations between baseline variables and genetic testing decision

VariableLevel% Receiving test resultsχ2 (1 df)
Age<4089
>40821.64
RaceCaucasian85
Other780.90
Education<College75
>College862.88
Marital statusUnmarried83
Married840.08
Employment status<Full time87
Full time820.87
ReligionJewish85
Non-Jewish830.08
First-degree relatives with breast cancer<282
>2881.14
Required to make a rapid treatment decisionNo92
Yes833.24
TNM stage0/I91
II/IIIa930.08
Physician recommendation for BRCA1/BRCA2 testingNo76
Yes918.75*
Surgical recommendationUM/BCT/No record82
BLM933.33
Patient definitive surgery decisionUndecided97
Decided816.23*
Continuous variables
Variable
Received results, mean (SD)
Declined testing, mean (SD)
t (209 df)
Quality of life (FACT-G)79.7 (13.9)84.7 (8.5)2.0
Cancer distress (IES)25.7 (14.0)23.9 (13.8)0.7
State anxiety (STAI-S)47.8 (12.5)44.7 (12.3)1.4
  • Abbreviations: df, degrees of freedom; TNM, tumor-node-metastasis stage; IES, Impact of Events Scale; STAI-S, State Anxiety Scale of the State Trait Anxiety Inventory; FACT-G, Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General.

  • * P = 0.01.

  • P < 0.05.