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Table 5 Associations between CaTCoN outcomes and caregiver status and the caregiver’s relationship to the patient (n = 590)

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

  CatCoN outcomes
Subscales Single items
Caregiving workload (items 1a, 1b, 1c, 3, 4) Lack of personal growth (items 6e, 6f, 6g) Lack of time for social relations (items 6c, 6d) Problems with getting time off from work (item 7) Financial difficulties (item 9) Need for seeing a psychologist (item 34) Need for living a normal life (item 40)
  Estimatea (SE) Estimatea (SE) Estimatea (SE) ORa (95% CI) ORa (95% CI) ORa (95% CI) ORa (95% CI)
Caregiver status P = 0.0332    P = 0.0224    
Primary 0 (−)    1.00 (−)    
Not primary −4.06 (1.89)*    2.23 (1.12-4.41)    
The caregiver’s relationship to the patient P < 0.0001 P = 0.0018 P < 0.0001   P = 0.0036 P = 0.0001 P = 0.0116
Spouse/partner 0 (−) 0 (−) 0 (−)   1.00 (−) 1.00 (−) 1.00 (−)
Child −12.38 (2.22)** 1.07 (2.68) −16.23 (3.46)**   0.44 (0.18-1.05) 0.22 (0.11-0.46) 1.74 (0.96-3.14)
Parent 7.01(3.69) −9.04 (4.14)* 1.76 (4.82)   b 1.02 (0.44-2.41) 0.76 (0.33-1.73)
Sibling −14.67(3.77)** 4.75 (4.35) −15.51(5.04)**   b 0.10 (0.02-0.38) 3.18 (0.97-10.48)
Other (e.g., friend colleague) −14.56 (3.80)** 13.29 (4.41)** −11.91 (4.88)*   b 0.19 (0.06-0.60) 5.36 (1.45-19.80)
Otherb (parent, sibling, friend, colleague etc.)      0.19b (0.07-0.56)   
  1. The associations were tested with multivariate regression analyses also including other independent variables. In this table, only the significant associations are shown (all in all, the associations with 15 outcomes were tested).
  2. aA higher estimate indicates higher workload, increased lack of personal growth, and higher degree of insufficient time for social relations, and OR is the odds ratio for ‘problems’/’consequences’.
  3. bItem 9 had a quite high number of missings and further a pronounced skewed distribution of answers. To ensure a minimum of three caregivers in each variable response category we collapsed categories in this variable into fewer categories.
  4. *0.05 > p > 0.01, **p < 0.01 in the linear regression analysis of the three subscales.