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Table 2 Degree and type of burden as experienced by family carers during the final three months of life (family carers, n = 74*)

From: Burden for family carers at the end of life; a mixed-method study of the perspectives of family carers and GPs

  2ndand 3rdmonths before death 2ndto 4thweeks before death Final week
Degree of family carer burden % (CI 95%) % (CI 95%) % (CI 95%)
Not/hardly at all 23 (14–34) 10 (4–19) 8 (3–17)
Somewhat 45 (33–57) 36 ( 25–48) 26 (16–37)
Fairly heavy 23 (14–34) 33 (22–45) 38 (27–50)
Severe 10 (4–19) 22 (13–33) 28 (19–40)
Type of burden    
(only for family carers with some to severe burden)    
Emotional 85 (72–93) 92 (82–97) 95 (87–99)
Physical 25 (14–38) 27 (17–40) 29 (18–41)
  1. *Between 0–3 missing observations per period.