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Table 1 Caregivers and patient demographics for both accommodation groups

From: A problem shared is a problem halved? Comparing burdens arising for family caregivers of patients with disorders of consciousness in institutionalized versus at home care

  Home care Institutionalized care  
N 37 44  
Age of caregiver
Mean (SD)
52.35
(14.96)
50.48
(16.64)
t(79) = −0.53
p = .60
Gender of caregiver
(male / female)
11 / 26 14 / 30 Fisher’s test
p = 1.00
Taking care of:
Parent / Partner / Sibling / Own child / Others/ Missing
3 / 18 / 2 / 12/ 2 / 0 4 / 24 / 3 / 12 / 0 / 1 χ2 (4) = 2.77
p = .60
Time since event
In years, Mean (SD)
9.08
(7.58)
6.70
(4.22)
t(59.6) = 1.71
p = .09
Type of event:
TBI / hypoxic / others
24 / 11 / 2 21 / 11 / 12 χ2(2) = 6.79
p = .03
Hours of care per day (SD) 20.12 (7.30)   
Have to get up at night
(Yes / No / Missing)
How often per Month? (Range)
14 / 20 / 3
30 (2 to 100)
  
Patient often otherwise ill / complications? (Yes / No / Missing) 16 / 21 / 0 25 / 18 / 1 Fisher’s test
p = .26
  1. Sample size (N), mean (M), standard deviation (SD). Significant group differences are highlighted in bold. ‘Patient often otherwise ill / complications’ asked caregivers whether their patient has frequent flues, pneumonia, fevers, decubitus, epileptic seizures, or anything that might intensify care burden. The medical complications were analyzed with Fisher’s test in a 2 × 2 matrix (Yes / No)