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Table 3 Association between the characteristics of family caregivers or (professional) care and the degree of family caregiver burden in the 2 nd to 4 th week before death (n = 74)*

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

  Fairly heavy to severe burden (n = 40) No to some burden (n = 31)
  % % P-value
Family caregiver characteristics    
 Main family carer    
  Age (mean, SD) 63 (SD 13) 62 (SD 11) 0.50
  Gender, male 27 32 0.66
  Partner of patient 70 68 0.83
  Employed 43 43 0.94
 Number of other caregivers    0.18
  No other family carers 11 30  
  1-2 other family carers 53 33  
  3-5 other family carers 21 23  
  > 5 other family carers 16 13  
Characteristics of care    
 GP visits    0.60
  No visits 5 4  
  1 visit 34 46  
  2 or more visits 61 50  
 Nursing care 85 69 0.12
  1. *Three missing observations.