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Table 1 Characteristics of Caregivers and Elderly People with Chronic Diseases, and Descriptive Statistics (n = 407)

From: Quality of life in Chinese family caregivers for elderly people with chronic diseases

Characteristic Caregiver Elderly
  n (%) n (%)
Gender   
 male 175 (43.0) 168 (41.3)
 female 232 (57.0) 239 (58.7)
Age   
 20–39 65 (16.0)  
 40–59 229 (56.2)  
 60–69 113 (27.8) 153 (37.6)
 70–79   192 (47.2)
 80+   62 (15.2)
Marital status   
 married 381 (93.6) 284 (69.8)
 unmarried/widowed/separation 26 (6.4) 123 (30.2)
Education level   
 illiterate 45 (11.0) 160 (39.3)
 elementary school 67 (16.5) 125 (30.7)
 secondary school 146 (35.9) 82 (20.2)
 high school or professional training 98 (24.1) 31 (7.6)
 college and above 51 (12.5) 9 (2.2)
Occupation   
 employed 207 (50.8)  
 retired 89 (21.9) 205 (50.4)
 never been employed or others 111 (27.3) 202 (49.6)
Average monthly revenue (RMB)   
 ≤500 26 (6.4)  
 501–1000 78 (19.2)  
 1001–2000 114 (28.0)  
 2001–3000 104 (25.5)  
 >3000 85 (20.9)  
Comorbidity (hypertension, coronary disease, diabetes mellitus, etc.)   
 none 265 (65.1)  
 one 103 (25.3) 107 (26.3)
 two 23 (5.7) 103 (25.3)
 three and more 16 (3.9) 197 (48.4)
Activities of Daily Living   
 independent   0 (0.0)
 partially dependent   294 (72.2)
 severely dependent   113 (27.8)
Relationship to the elderly person   
 spouse 109 (26.8)  
 children 201 (49.4)  
 children in-law 80 (19.7)  
 other relatives 17 (4.1)  
Overall caregiving duration (year)   
 <1 112 (27.5)  
 1–2 88 (21.6)  
 3–5 87 (21.4)  
 6–9 48 (11.8)  
 10+ 72 (17.7)  
Average daily caregiving duration (hours)   
 <2 178 (43.8)  
 2–3 127 (31.2)  
 4–5 71 (17.4)  
 6+ 31 (7.6)  
Affordability of the elderly person’s healthcare expenses   
 ≥90 % 43 (10.5)  
 89 %–50 % 183 (45.0)  
 49 %–11 % 151 (37.1)  
 ≤10 % 30 (7.4)  
Importance of the perceived effects of caregiving on the caregiver’s social life   
 important 55 (13.5)  
 relatively important 186 (45.7)  
 slightly important 147 (36.1)  
 not important at all 19 (4.7)