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Table 2 Respondents' characteristics, children' characteristics and description of last AOM episode (N = 161)

From: Quality of life of children and their caregivers during an AOM episode: development and use of a telephone questionnaire

Respondents' characteristics Category Frequency (%) Mean, median & range
Age, yr 18-24 7 (4)  
  25-34 93 (58)  
  ≥ 35 61 (38)  
Link to the child Mother 132 (82)  
  Father 24 (15)  
  Other caregiver 5 (3)  
Educational level High school diploma or less 57 (35)  
  College or university degree 104 (65)  
Child' characteristics    
Age, months < 18 29 (18) Mean = 37,4
  18 - < 36 43 (27) Median = 34,3
  36 - < 54 30 (19) Range = 5.1 -76
  ≥ 54 34 (21)  
  Unknown 25 (16)  
Gender Female 81 (50)  
  Male 80 (50)  
Living in shared custody Yes 59 (37)  
  No 102 (63)  
Received at least one vaccine Yes 159 (99)  
  No 2 (1)  
No of AOM episodes in the past 12 mo 1 84 (53) Mean = 2.2
  2 32 (20) Median = 1
  ≥ 3 42 (27) Range = 1 -10
  Unknown 3 (2)  
Last AOM episode description    
Duration of the disease (days) ≤ 3 52 (32) Mean = 5,9
  4-6 55 (34) Median = 4
  ≥ 7 51 (32) Range = 0-36
  Unknown 3 (2)  
AOM symptoms reported Pain in the ear 139 (86) Mean = 2.07
  Fever 130 (81) Median = 2
  Otorrhoea/ruptured eardrum 38 (8) Range = 0-6
  Dizziness, vertigo 23 (14)  
  Ear blocked, hearing loss 31 (19)  
  Others 53 (33)  
Visit to a physician Yes 151 (94)  
  No 10 (6)  
Caregiver absenteeism from work or school Yes 61 (37)  
  No 98 (61)  
  Unknown 2 (1)