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Table 1 Participant Characteristics

From: A mixed methods analysis of quality of life among late-life patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses

  Survey Sample
N = 156
Interview Sample
N = 40
Age (mean years ± sd) 74.9 ± 13.1 75.6 ± 11.2
Comorbidities (mean # diagnoses ± sd) 5.4 ± 1.6 5.4 ± 1.7
Female 43.0% 45.0%
Caucasian 97.4% 97.5%
Marital Status
 Single, never married 10.3% 7.5%
 Married, or civil union 48.7% 57.5%
 Unmarried partnership 1.3% 2.5%
 Divorced/separated 14.7% 10.0%
 Widowed 25.0% 22.5%
Highest Level of Education
 High School or less 38.5% 20.0%
 Some college to bachelor’s degree 43.6% 45.0%
 Graduate/professional school 16.0% 32.5%
 Unknown 1.9% 2.5%
Baseline Living Location
 Home 83.3% 90.0%
 Assisted living 11.5% 7.5%
 Nursing home 5.1% 2.5%
Primary Diagnosis
 Heart failure 71.8% 72.5%
 Cancer 28.2% 10.0%
 Dementia 0.0% 17.5%
  1. Sd standard deviation