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Table 2 Socio-demographic descriptive statistics for control and caregiver groups

From: A forgotten aspect of the NICE reference case: an observational study of the health related quality of life impact on caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis

Characteristic Controls Caregivers
N 200 200
Age Mean (SD) 50.99 (13.80) 50.88 (13.48)
Gender Male N (%) 106 (53.0%) 109 (54.5%)
Ethnicity Caucasian N (%) 189 (94.5%) 186 (93.0%)
Education Secondary school N (%) 95 (47.5%) 99 (49.5%)
University 70 (35.0%) 66 (33.0%)
Other 35 (17.5%) 35 (17.5%)
Employment Employed full-time N (%) 66 (33.0%) 63 (31.5%)
Employed part-time 28 (14.0%) 29 (14.5%)
Retired 62 (31.0%) 64 (32.0%)
Other 44 (22.0%) 44 (22.0%)
Living Status Living with partner N (%) 179 (89.5%) 181 (90.5%)
Living alone 6 (3.0%) 6 (3.0%)
Other 15 (7.5%) 13 (6.5%)
Self-reported Illness/Conditions Stress N (%) 44 (22.0%) 106 (53.0%)
Anxiety 32 (16.0%) 72 (36.0%)
Depression 32 (16.0%) 60 (30.0%)
Fatigue 37 (18.5%) 101 (50.5%)
Sleep problems 48 (24.0%) 88 (44.0%)
Heart disease 11 (5.5%) 13 (6.5%)
Arthritis 44 (22.0%) 33 (16.5%)
Diabetes 17 (8.5%) 21 (10.5%)
  Cancer   5 (2.5%) 3 (1.5%)
  1. N = Sample Size; SD = Standard Deviation.