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Table 1 Demographic Profile and Baseline Symptom Data for Hospice Patients and Their Caregivers

From: Dyspnea and quality of life indicators in hospice patients and their caregivers

Baseline Patient Variables f % Range Mean SD
Male Female 102 61 63 37    
White Non-white 141 22 87 13    
Cough with Dyspnea 106 64    
Age    37.79 to 91.79 70.22 10.96
Educational Level    1 to 25 12.15 3.36
Months Since Diagnosis    1 to 360 27.55 50.32
Dyspnea Intensity    3 to 10 4.52a 2.29
Symptom Distress (MSAS)    2 to 76 25.60 1.52
Health Related Quality of Life    137 to 278 208.81 35.57
Palliative Performance Scale    30 to 100 53.52 .79
Baseline Caregiver Variables f % Range Mean SD
Female Male 127 35 78 22    
White Nonwhite 143 20 88 12    
Age    26.02 to 91.90 61.86 14.46
Caregiver Variables (con't)    Range Mean SD
Educational Level    4 to 22 12.82 2.73
Mastery Level    10 to 42 25.02 4.84
Symptom Distress (MSAS)    10 to 112 25.41 12.61
Health Related Quality of Life    11 to 116 55.06 22.10
Rating of Patients' Dyspnea    2 to 9 4.39a 2.93
  1. a: Significant correlation between dyad ratings: Pearson r = .33, p = .000, df 161)