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Table 1 Characteristics of family carers and patients

From: “Never at ease” – family carers within integrated palliative care: a multinational, mixed method study

  BE (n = 13) DE (n = 10) UK (n = 13) HU (n = 30) NL (n = 21) Total (n = 87)
Carer’s age (mean, SD) 63 (10) 60 (14) 63 (13) 56 (15) 62 (11) 601 (13)
Gender (no. female) 6 (46%) 7 (70%) 8 (62%) 24 (80%) 14 (67%) 59 (68%)
Diagnosis of patient
 Cancer 10 (80%) 10 (100%) 5 (39%) 11 (37%) 15 (73%) 51 (59%)
 CHF / / 1 (8%) 7 (23%) 1 (5%) 9 (10%)
 COPD 3 (20%) / 7 (54%) 12 (40%) 5 (23%) 27 (31%)
Who is patient’s carer?       
 (un)married partner 10 (83%) 4 (40%) 6 (50%) 16 (53%) 15 (71%) 51 (60%)
 child 2 (17%) 6 (60%) 2 (17%) 9 (30%) 2 (10%) 21 (25%)
 other / / 4 (33%) 5 (17%) 4 (19%) 13 (15%)
Do carer and patient live together? (no. yes) 10 (83%) 4 (40%) 7 (58%) 22 (76%) 15 (71%) 58 (69%)
Patient’s age (mean, SD) 67 (11) 73 (9) 67 (9) 69 (9) 69 (8) 69 (9)
  1. Source: Own data set and own calculations, family carers: n = 87