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Table 1 Description of the Sample

From: Effects of general practitioner training and family support services on the care of home-dwelling dementia patients - Results of a controlled cluster-randomized study

  Patients (n = 390) Informal caregivers (n = 357)
Age [m (s)] 80.3 (6.8) 59.4 (13.4)
Sex (% female) 68.2 73.3
Relationship (%)   
• Marital partner   32.2
• Children/Children-in-law   59.1
• Other   8.7
Employed (%) - 35.5
Shared living quarters (%) 68.6 68.6
Residence urban (> 100000 residents) (%) 24.4  
Residence rural (< 100000 residents) (%) 75.6  
MMSE [m (s)] 18.7 (3.8) -
Mild dementia (18 - 24 points) (%) 65.1  
Moderate dementia (10 - 17 points) (%) 34.9  
Care level§ (%):   
• none 57.4  
• 1 21.8  
• 2 18.0  
• 3 2.8  
Type of dementia (%)   
• Alzheimer Type 37.2  
• Vascular Dementia 27.4  
• Mixed form 5.1  
• not more precisely listed 30.3  
Barthel-Index [m (s)] 72.9 (26.5)  
  1. § Social care insurance = legal obligatory insurance for all non-self-employed workers, pays money and material help to people needing care. Need for care is estimated by experts: Level 1 means needs help for at least 90 min/day; Level 2 daily at least 3 h; Level 3 daily at least 4 h in performing activities of daily living (ADL) and household tasks.