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Table 6 Factors associated with carer quality of life and strain

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

  SF-12 CSI
Problem score   SF-12 PCS SF-12 MCS
  n Mean (SE) Mean (SE) n Mean (SE)
0 99 51.1 (1.09) 48.3 (1.05) 98 11.3 (0.52)
1 333 48.6 (0.65) 48.0 (0.63) 327 10.1 (0.31)
2-3 391 48.2 (0.57) 46.2 (0.55) 378 12.0 (0.28)
4-5 243 46.9 (0.71) 42.2 (0.55) 237 13.9 (0.24)
6+ 240 44.6 (0.72) 39.0 (0.69) 226 16.0 (0.35)
p   <0.001 <0.001   <0.001
LTNC n Mean (SE) Mean (SE) n Mean (SE)
MND 297 48.3 (0.67) 44.1 (0.65) 301 14.1 (0.32)
MS 527 47.4 (0.64) 46.3 (0.62) 521 11.3 (0.31)
PD 482 47.9 (0.59) 43.8 (0.58) 444 12.4 (0.29)
p   0.634 0.003   <0.001
Age (years) n Mean (SE) Mean (SE) n Mean (SE)
<55 357 51.9 (0.64) 42.8 (0.62) 365 13.3 (0.30)
55-63 364 50.2 (0.61) 42.9 (0.59) 348 13.7 (0.30)
64-71 315 46.7 (0.65) 45.9 (0.63) 299 12.4 (0.32)
72+ 270 42.8 (0.71) 47.2 (0.69) 254 11.1 (0.35)
p   <0.001 <0.001   <0.001
Gender n Mean (SE) Mean (SE) n Mean (SE)
Male 575 48.2 (0.53) 45.6 (0.51) 560 12.2 (0.26)
Female 731 47.6 (0.46) 43.9 (0.45) 706 13.0 (0.22)
p   0.357 0.006   0.010
Time since becoming a carer (years) n Mean (SE) Mean (SE) n Mean (SE)
<1 92 48.6 (1.16) 45.7 (1.13) 95 11.5 (0.55)
1-2 236 48.6 (0.74) 44.2 (0.72) 230 12.5 (0.36)
3-4 205 47.3 (0.78) 44.5 (0.75) 202 12.6 (0.37)
5-10 375 48.3 (0.59) 44.8 (0.57) 361 13.0 (0.29)
>10 398 46.6 (0.63) 44.5 (0.61) 378 13.6 (0.31)
p   0.151 0.829   0.015
Length of time spent caring/week (hours) n Mean (SE) Mean (SE) n Mean (SE)
1-19 451 49.3 (0.58) 47.0 (0.56) 442 8.90 (0.28)
20-34 221 47.2 (0.75) 45.1 (0.72) 224 11.8 (0.35)
35-70 293 48.2 (0.67) 43.1 (0.65) 287 14.2 (0.33)
>70 341 46.9 (0.64) 43.7 (0.62) 313 15.7 (0.32)
p   0.026 <0.001   <0.001
Adjusted R squared   0.13 0.17   0.42