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Table 2 Demographic characteristics of the caregivers and of the patients studied

From: Relationships between quality of life and family function in caregiver

Caregivers Dependent Patients
Age (years) Age (years)
Global (n = 153) 63.8 ± 12.8 Global (n = 153) 79.14 ± 17.3
Males (n = 42) 66.8 ± 13.6 Males (n = 48) 74.90 ± 19
Females (n = 111) 62.7 ±12.4 Females (n = 105 81.08 ± 15.9
Age when they started being caregivers 53.0 ± 13.9   
Hours per day caring for 19.2 (7.2)   
Marital status Level of functional dependence a
Married 99 (64.7%) Total 76 (49.7%)
Single 42 (27.5%) Severe 28 (18.3%)
Widow 12 (7.8%) Moderate 32 (20.9%)
   Slight 17 (11%)
Level of Education Level of Education
Graduate 25 (16.3%) Graduate 0 (0.0%)
Secondary studies 29 (19.0%) Secondary studies 11 (7.2%)
Primary studies 88 (57.5%) Primary Studies 107 (69.9%)
Illiterate 11 (7.2%) Illiterate 20 (13.1%)
Non answered 0 (0.0%) Non answered 15 (9.8%)
Relationship with the dependent Cognitive damage b
Son/daughter 72 (47.1%) Important 63 (41.2%)
Spouse 41 (26.8%) Moderate 26 (17.0%)
Parents 22 (14.4%) Slight 14 (9.2%)
Others 18 (11.9%) Without damage 50 (32.7%)
Activities :   
Housewife and caregiver 115(75.2%)   
Worker and caregiver 33(21.6%)   
Other 5(3.3%)   
  1. The data are presented as the Mean ± Standard Deviation or as number and percentage.
  2. a.- Assessment of the level of functional dependence according to Barthel categorization: Total dependence: Value 0-20; Severe dependence: 21-60; Moderate dependence: 61-90; Slight dependence: 91-99; Independent: 100.
  3. b.-Cognitive damage assessed with Pfeiffer's measure: Severe damage: 8-10 errors; Moderate: 5-7; Slight: 3-4; Without damage: 0-3.