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Table 2 Participant characteristics by country

From: ‘Burden to others’ as a public concern in advanced cancer: a comparative survey in seven European countries

  England Flanders Germany Italy Netherlands Portugal Spain All countries
N = 1351 N = 1269 N = 1363 N = 1352 N = 1356 N = 1286 N = 1367 N = 9344
Age         
 Mean in years (SD) 54.18 (16.27) 52.18 (14.27) 47.06 (15.71) 48.67 (15.92) 54.53 (14.62) 50.10 (16.85) 48.08 (16.45) 50·68 (16·00)
 16-29 8.0% 7.5% 15.8% 15.0% 4.7% 13.8% 15.4% 11.5%
 30-39 11.3% 10.2% 14.6% 14.1% 9.7% 14.4% 16.1% 12.9%
 40-49 19.1% 22.3% 26.8% 20.4% 22.3% 18.9% 21.0% 21.6%
 50-59 19.4% 27.0% 20.3% 23.1% 24.2% 20.1% 22.2% 22.2%
 60-69 23.8% 21.9% 13.7% 17.7% 23.6% 18.5% 14.9% 19.1%
 70+ 18.3% 11.0% 8.8% 9.7% 15.4% 14.3% 10.5% 12.6%
Gender         
 Female 63.9% 65.6% 58.0% 72.0% 65.8% 69.4% 68.4% 66.1%
Living arrangements         
 Living alone 24.2% 15.6% 20.8% 10.5% 21.8% 10.6% 11.5% 16.5%
Urbanisation level         
 Big city or suburbs/outskirts 37.1% 22.8% 40.9% 19.9% 26.8% 50.0% 23.7% 31.5%
 Town or small city 36.7% 17.7% 30.8% 39.0% 23.0% 28.6% 43.1% 31.4%
 Country village 21.3% 46.6% 22.1% 38.6% 42.7% 17.2% 29.4% 31.1%
 Farm or home in countryside 4.9% 13.0% 6.2% 2.5% 7.6% 4.2% 3.8% 6.0%
Marital status         
 Married or with a partner 61.3% 75.7% 58.1% 63.8% 69.2% 63.6% 62.2% 64.8%
 Divorced or separated 13.1% 8.0% 11.3% 6.4% 8.2% 7.1% 7.3% 8.8%
 Widowed 9.8% 7.6% 6.2% 6.8% 10.5% 8.5% 8.3% 8.3%
 Single 15.8% 8.8% 24.5% 23.0% 12.0% 20.7% 22.1% 18.2%
Religion         
 With a religion or denomination 57.9% 52.9% 57.0% 81.6% 45.6% 79.6% 71.0% 63.6%
Health         
 Very good 42.0% 38.6% 22.9% 22.6% 22.3% 13.3% 21.5% 26.1%
 Good 39.8% 46.0% 51.5% 47.6% 55.3% 38.1% 41.1% 45.7%
 Fair 14.2% 13.9% 21.3% 28.0% 18.8% 43.6% 32.0% 24.5%
 Bad 3.5% 1.3% 3.9% 1.6% 3.2% 3.6% 4.9% 3.1%
 Very bad 0.5% 0.2% 0.4% 0.2% 0.4% 1.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Experience of illness, death and dying
Diagnosed with seriously illness in last 5 years 12.8% 15.2% 8.0% 8.4% 10.1% 7.8% 8.8% 10.1%
Close relative/friend seriously ill in last 5 years 63.1% 60.6% 64.1% 67.4% 71.8% 57.5% 68.2% 64.8%
Death of close relative/friend in last 5 years 70.6% 69.9% 69.4% 69.3% 76.7% 60.9% 74.4% 70.3%
Cared for close relative/friend in last months of life 50.6% 49.9% 48.0% 60.8% 52.0% 53.2% 57.0% 53.1%
  1. Legend: Sums may not always amount to the total sample number because of missing values on variables. Percentages may not always add up to 100 because of rounding. SD = standard deviation.