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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of the patients and their caregivers

From: Factors related to the burden of family caregivers of elderly patients with spinal Tumours in Northwest China

VariablePatients (n = 216)Caregivers (n = 216)
Age (years)71.59 ± 8.4970.46 ± 9.13
Gender
 Female115 (53.3%)90 (41.7%)
 Male101 (46.7%)126 (58.3%)
Education
Primary145 (67.1%)152 (70.4%)
Secondary71 (32.9%)64 (29.6%)
Place of residence
 RuralN/A131 (60.6%)
 UrbanN/A85 (39.4%)
Relationship
 SpouseN/A170 (78.7%)
 OtherN/A46 (21.3%)
Duration of caregiving
  < 6 monthsN/A150 (69.4%)
  > 6 monthsN/A66 (30.6%)
Monthly income
  < 200 USN/A36 (16.7%)
 200–500 USN/A125 (57.8%)
  > 500 USN/A55 (25.5%)
Primary cancer site
 Lung36 (16.7%)N/A
 Gastrointestinal tract38 (17.6%)N/A
 Breast34 (15.7%)N/A
 Other (bladder, prostate, cervix, colon)49 (22.7%)N/A
 Spine59 (27.3%)N/A
Chemotherapy and/or radiation for tumour
 Chemotherapy105 (48.7%)N/A
 Radiation58 (26.8%)N/A
 Chemotherapy and radiation53 (24.5%)N/A
Cognitive dysfunction [16]
 Memory11 (5.1%)N/A
 Depression42 (19.4%)N/A
 Disruptive behaviour9 (4.2%)N/A
 None154 (71.3%)N/A
Functional status (activities of daily living) [17]
 Fully independent65 (30.1%)N/A
 Fully dependent52 (24.1%)N/A
 Other99 (45.8%)N/A
Spinal tumour site
 Cervical34 (15.8%)N/A
 Thoracic105 (48.6%)N/A
 Lumbar77 (35.6%)N/A
Paralysis
 Yes75 (34.7%)N/A
 No141 (65.3%)N/A
Pain, VAS score
346 (21.3%)N/A
 4–6105 (48.6%)N/A
765 (30.1%)N/A
  1. Values are presented as the mean and standard deviation or as the number and percentage. Visual analogue scale, VAS