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Table 2 Characteristics of interview participants compared to all caregivers who received the FECH program

From: Caregivers’ experiences of a home support program after the hospital discharge of an older family member: a qualitative analysis

Characteristic Interviewed caregivers n = 21 All caregivers who received intervention n = 62 P value
n (%) n (%)
Caregiver relationship to patient      0.509
 Husband 1 (4.8) 4 (6.5)  
 Wife 9 (42.9) 18 (29.0)  
 Son 3 (14.3) 11 (17.8)  
 Daughter 7 (33.3) 22 (35.5)  
 Grandchild 1 (4.8) 7 (11.3)  
Caregiver age Years Years 0.617
 Mean (SD) 64.43 (16.09) 63.13 (12.68)  
 Median 67 63.50  
 Range (25–89) (25–89)  
Caregiver highest education      0.745
 Primary 1 (4.8) 3 (4.9)  
 Secondary 8 (38.1) 23 (37.1)  
 Trade (e.g. TAFE qualification /apprenticeship) 4 (19.1) 17 (27.4)  
 Tertiary 8 (38.1) 19 (30.7)  
Duration of caring      0.928
 Less than 12 months 3 (14.3) 11 (17.8)  
 12–24 months 4 (19.1) 12 (19.4)  
 More than 24 months 14 (66.7) 39 (62.9)  
Caregiver living with patient      1.000
 No 9 (42.9) 27 (43.6)  
 Yes 12 (57.1) 35 (56.5)  
Caregiver known medical problems    0.970
 Yes 14 (66.7) 43 (69.4)  
 No 7 (33.3) 19 (30.7)  
Types of support provided by caregiver to patient     1.000
Multiple answers possible
  Physical care 8 (38.1) 29 (46.8) 0.477
  Emotional care 21 (100) 62 (100) NA
  Instrumental care 20 (95.2) 59 (95.1) 1.000
  Social Support/Advocacy 17 (81.0) 39 (63.0) 0.068
Caregiver frequency of contact with patient by phone or in person 0.865
 At least daily 18 (85.7) 51 (82.3)  
 At least weekly 3 (14.3) 9 (14.5)