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Table 2 Supporter participants’ characteristics (n = 25)

From: “Just too busy living in the moment and surviving”: barriers to accessing health care for structurally vulnerable populations at end-of-life

Characteristic Number of Participants
Gender
 Men 11
 Women 14
Agea
 Average age 50
 Age range 35–71
Ethnicitya
 White 12
 Indigenous 6
Sexual orientationa
 Heterosexual 16
 Gay/Lesbian 2
Relationship statusa
 Single 9
 Married or living in common law relationship 6
 Divorced or separated 3
 Widowed 0
Relationship to structural vulnerable person
 Friend/Street family 10
 Biological family 10
 Current or former partner 5
Highest level of educationb  
 Post graduate degree 2
 University 1
 Attended university 1
 College diploma 1
 Some college (including trade school) 5
 High school 2
 Some high school 4
 Middle school (grade 8) 1
 Elementary school or less 0
Housing type on entry of the study a
 Purchased home 2
 Social or public housing 2
 Market rental (with roommates and/or financial supplements) 11
 Homeless (e.g., shelter, boat, hospital, etc.) 3
Main source of incomea
 Provincial Disability Benefit 3
 Pension 4
 Social assistance 4
 Employment Income 6
 Employment Insurance Benefit 0
 Other 1
Life limiting conditionsb
 Cancer 1
 COPD 3
 Diabetes 1
 Cardiovascular Disease 3
 Arthritis 5
Other conditions b
 HIV/AIDS 1
 Hepatitis C 4
Mental health status b
 Self-reported mental illness 5
  1. aBased on 18 participants. Seven supporter participants engaged in observations but were lost to follow up and did not complete a demographic form
  2. bBased on 17 participants. Seven supporter participants engaged in observations but were lost to follow up and did not complete a demographic form. One participant did not answer this question