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Table 4 Baseline responses to the study questionnaires: patients’ caregivers

From: Assessment of the psychosocial and economic impact according to sex in non-small cell lung cancer patients: an exploratory longitudinal study

Parameter Arm A Arm B
(Male patients) (Female patients)
(N = 229) (N = 104)
n % n %
Relationship to the patient     
 Parents 23 10 25 24
 Partner 141 62 45 43
 Brother/sister 13 6 6 6
 Other family member 1 1 2 2
 No relative 6 2 5 5
 Missing 45 19 21 20
Work situation of the relativea     
 Retired 55 24 26 25
 Self-employed 10 4 6 6
 Employed 39 17 35 33
 Unemployment benefits 8 4 4 4
 Home-maker 44 19 2 2
 No income 10 4 4 4
 Missing 63 28 27 26
Changes in working hoursb     
 No 38 17 25 24
 Change in the schedule 17 7 12 12
 Reduced 0 0 5 4
 Stop working 8 4 3 3
 Missing 166 72 59 57
Caregiving burden (Zarit scale)c     
 No burden 116 51 54 52
 Slight burden 19 8 7 7
 Intense burden 10 4 4 4
 Missing 84 37 39 37
  1. aThis question applies only to family members
  2. bThis question applies only to those not hired by the patient
  3. cScore: ≤ 46 no burden; 47–55 slight burden; ≥ 56 intense burden