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Table 5 Associations between the number of problems reported and demographic and caregiving variables

From: Carer quality of life and experiences of health services: a cross-sectional survey across three neurological conditions

  N problems reported
  SF-12 CSI
   PCS MCS
  N Mean 95% CI Mean 95% CI N Mean 95% CI
None 102 51.06 48.98 – 53.13 48.13 46.20 - 50.06 100 11.10 9.96 – 12.5
1 349 49.75 48.64 – 50.85 48.93 47.87 -49.99 343 8.25 7.61 – 8.88
2-3 402 48.74 47.71 – 49.76 46.17 45.16 -47.19 389 11.61 11.00 – 12.22
4-5 245 47.13 45.70 – 48.56 41.48 40.13 -42.82 240 14.85 14.12 – 15.57
6+ 243 44.18 42.58 - 45.76 38.26 36.84 – 39.68 227 17.11 16.37 – 17.85
p   <0.001 <0.001   <0.001
  LTNC
  SF-12 CSI
   PCS MCS
  N Mean 95% CI Mean 95% CI N Mean 95% CI
MND 363 48.04 46.83 – 49.25 43.01 41.82 -44.21 362 14.69 14.01 – 15.38
MS 641 48.79 47.93 – 49.65 46.12 45.28 -46.96 633 11.44 10.93 – 11.95
PD 626 46.24 45.31 -47.16 44.02 43.16 – 44.89 571 11.89 11.36 – 12.41
p   <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
  Age
  SF-12 CSI
   PCS MCS
  N Mean 95% CI Mean 95% CI N Mean 95% CI
<55 422 51.92 50.95 – 52.89 43.70 42.57 – 44.83 424 12.18 11.53 – 12.84
55-63 439 49.39 48.35 – 50.43 43.78 42.74 – 44.83 419 13.12 12.47 – 13.78
64-71 415 46.82 45.77 – 47.87 45.74 44.70 – 46.78 389 12.18 11.56 – 12.81
72+ 354 41.35 40.12 – 42.58 45.45 44.35 – 46.56 334 11.80 11.10 – 12.50
p   <0.001 0.009 0.036
  Gender
   SF-12 CSI
   PCS   MCS  
  N Mean 95% CI Mean 95% CI N Mean 95% CI
Male 689 48.20 47.37 – 49.04 46.41 45.58 – 47.23 681 11.33 10.84 – 11.82
Female 938 47.21 46.45 – 47.97 43.31 42.61 – 44.02 881 13.13 12.69 – 13.57
p   0.087 <0.001 <0.001
  Time since becoming a carer (years)
   SF-12 CSI
   PCS MCS
  N Mean 95% CI Mean 95% CI N Mean 95% CI
< 1 107 49.63 47.40 – 51.85 44.26 42.15 – 46.38 115 11.70 10.51 -12.90
1-2 288 48.91 47.61 – 50.22 44.64 43.36 – 45.92 276 12.14 11.30 -12.97
3-4 268 47.41 45.97 – 48.84 44.43 43.00 - 45.85 259 11.78 10.96 – 12.60
5-10 466 48.05 47.05 – 49.06 44.80 43.78 - 45382 432 12.11 11.50 12.73
> 10 493 46.12 45.07 – 47.17 44.46 43.50 – 45.42 477 13.27 12.70 13.84
p   0.003 0.984 0.011
  Time spent caring (hours/week)
   SF-12 CSI
   PCS MCS
  N Mean 95% CI Mean 95% CI N Mean 95% CI
1-19 540 49.83 48.92 – 50.74 47.85 47.00 – 48.70 525 8.09 7.65 – 8.23
20-34 274 47.47 46.12 - 48.81 44.16 42.94 45.37 279 12.15 11.50 – 12.79
35-70 346 47.33 46.11 – 48.55 42.42 41.19 – 43.65 333 14.60 13.97 – 15.24
> 70 429 44.74 43.57 45.91 42.39 41.28 – 43.50 388 16.77 16.17 17.37
p   <0.001 <0.001 <0.001