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Table 3 Caregiver characteristics

From: Cancer caregiving tasks and consequences and their associations with caregiver status and the caregiver’s relationship to the patient: a survey

  n (=590) %
Caregiver status   
Primary caregiver 299 51
Non-primary caregiver 291 49
Relationship to the patient   
Spouse/partner 271 46
Child of the patient 182 31
Parent to the patient 47 8
Sibling 39 7
Other (e.g., friend, colleague) 48 8
Missing 3 1
Gender   
Female 358 61
Male 228 39
Missing 4 1
Age (years)   
18-39 117 19
40-49 120 20
50-59 128 22
60-69 143 24
70+ 79 13
Missing 3 1
Marital status   
Married/cohabiting 478 81
Other (divorced/separated, single, widow(er)) 108 18
Missing 4 1
Have children   
No 114 19
Yes 470 80
Missing 6 1
Place of living   
Country/village 94 16
Smaller provincial town 97 16
Bigger provincial town 90 15
City or suburbs 301 51
Missing 8 1
Level of education   
No education 43 7
Student 18 3
Non-theoretical or short education (<1 year) 104 18
Short theoretical education (1–3 years) 109 18
Long theoretical education (>3 years) 188 32
University education 106 18
Missing 22 4
Job description   
Self-employed 56 9
Salaried 345 58
Skilled worker 82 14
Un-skilled worker 40 7
Assisting spouse 12 2
Missing 55 9
Employment   
Full time 281 48
Part time 91 15
Old age pension 112 19
Early retirement pension 59 10
Other (student, un-employed, housewife) 37 6
Missing 10 2