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Table 1 Adults with cancer and family caregiver characteristics (n = 641)

From: The impact of depression and anxiety on quality of life in Chinese cancer patient-family caregiver dyads, a cross-sectional study

Characteristics AC [n (%)]a FC [n (%)]a
Age (mean ± SD), years 54.6 ± 12.9 (ranging from 18–88) 46.6 ± 13.2 (ranging from 18 to 79)
 <  30 years 22 (3.4) 84 (13.1)
 30 ~ 45 years 129 (20.1) 220 (34.3)
 46 ~ 60 years 254 (39.6) 210 (33.9)
 >  60 years 224 (34.9) 105 (16.4)
Gender
 Male 321 (50.1) 311 (48.5)
 Female 318 (49.6) 329 (51.3)
Marital status
 Married 586 (91.4) 571 (89.1)
 Not marriedb 55 (8.6) 69 (10.8)
FC relationship with adults with cancer
 Spouse 343 (53.5)
 Offspring 215 (33.5)
 Parent 20 (3.1)
 Sibling 41 (6.4)
 Other 21 (3.3)
Education levels
 Primary school or less 356 (55.5) 256 (40.0)
 High school 198 (30.9) 222 (34.6)
 University or above 85 (13.3) 159 (24.8)
Working status
 Working 373 (58.2) 411 (64.1)
 Not working 263 (41.0) 227 (35.4)
Average time since diagnosis/duration in their role as a FC 13.3 ± 24.0 months (ranging from 1 to 228 months) <  6 months: 348 (54.3)
6 months ~ 2 years: 192 (30.0)
>  2 years ~ 5 years: 55 (8.6)
>  5 years: 39 (6.1)
Informed about the disease (n, percent)c
 Ill-informed 259 (40.4) 154 (24.0)
 Partly informed 260 (40.6) 283 (44.1)
 Well- informed 118 (18.4) 203 (31.7)
Time spent by FC in caring for patients/day [hours, n (%)]   < 2 h: 55 (8.6)
2~4 h: 87 (13.6)
> 4~6 h: 77 (12.0)
> 6~8 h: 87 (13.6)
> 8 h: 333 (52.0)
Type of cancerd
 Breast cancer 70 (10.9)  
 Ovarian and cervical cancer 93 (14.5)  
 Esophageal and gastric cancer 152 (23.7)  
 Colorectal cancer 86 (13.4)  
 Liver cancer 59 (9.2)  
 Lung cancer 88 (13.7)  
 Others 76 (11.9)  
Type of treatment
 Chemotherapy 277 (43.2)  
 Chemotherapy +radiotherapy 114 (17.8)  
 Chemotherapy+ surgery 162 (25.3)  
 Chemotherapy+ others 81 (12.6)  
Family Characteristicse
Relationship with their family members pre-cancer (n, percent)
 Very good 471 (73.5)  
 Normal 162 (25.3)  
 Poor 8 (1.2)  
Relationship with their family members changed post-cancer (n, percent)
 Improving 219 (34.2)  
 No change 389 (60.0)  
 worsening 31 (4.8)  
Financial burden on the family due to cancer treatment
 Serious 414 (64.6)  
 Moderate 191 (29.8)  
 Mild or None 33 (5.1)  
  1. Note: AC Adult with cancer, FC Family caregivers, SD standard deviation;
  2. aThe total n does not equal 641 because of missing values;
  3. bNot married includes: Divorced, Widowed, and Never married;
  4. cInformed about disease by healthcare professionals. Well-informed: adults with cancer fully understood his/her condition; or the family caregiver was well informed about the disease of adults with cancer; Partly informed: adult with cancer was informed about the cancer diagnosis, but not about the severity of his/her condition; or family caregiver was partly informed about the disease; Ill-informed: adults with cancer or family caregivers had little information about the disease, and may or may not have been fully informed about the cancer diagnosis
  5. dAll of the adults with cancer had advanced cancer, were in stage III (n = 364, 56.8%) or stage IV (n = 277, 43.2%)
  6. eThe data for the family characteristics were reported by adults with cancer