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Table 3 Carer’s characteristics (n = 9)

From: Two faces of the same coin: a qualitative study of patients’ and carers’ coexistence with chronic breathlessness associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Median age (IQR)70 (69–79)
Gender
 Female6
Ethnicity
 Oceanian (Australia or New Zealand)6
 North-West European3
Highest level of education
 Did not complete high school4
 Completed high school3
 University degree2
Marital status
 Married or de facto9
Living with the patient
 Yes8
 No1
Median time living with the patient (years) (IQR)45 (21–56)
Hands on care
 Yes7
 No2
For how long has the carer been providing hands-on-care? (median time in years) (IQR)4 (3–5)
Time spent together weekly
  > 40 h7
 20–40 h1
 10–20 h1
Other people involved in providing care
 No9
Changes to employment status due to patient’s condition
 No9