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Table 2 Univariate factor analysis of the caregiver burden with patient variables

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

VariableLittle/noModerateSevereDifference
Age (years)71.88 ± 9.0270.87 ± 8.6971.34 ± 8.76P > 0.05
Gender
 Female18 (54.5%)69 (52.7%)28 (53.8%)P > 0.05
 Male15 (45.5%)62 (47.3%)24 (46.2%)P  > 0.05
Education
Primary22 (66.7%)88 (67.2%)35 (67.3%)P  > 0.05
Secondary11 (33.3%)43 (32.8%)17 (32.7%)P  > 0.05
Primary cancer site
 Spine15 (26.3%)20 (27.8%)24 (27.6%)P  < 0.05
 Other42 (73.7%)52 (72.2%)63 (72.4%)P  < 0.05
Chemotherapy and/or radiation for tumour
 Chemotherapy and radiation10 (27.8%)15 (23.1%)28 (24.3%)P  < 0.05
 Other26 (72.2%)50 (76.9%)87 (75.7%)P  < 0.05
Cognitive dysfunction
 Depression12 (22.2%)20 (20.6%)10 (15.4%)P < 0.05
 Disruptive behaviour2 (7.4%)4 (9.3%)3 (10.8%)P  < 0.05
Functional status (activities of daily living)
 Fully dependent9 (20.9%)15 (21.1%)28 (27.5%)P < 0.05
 Other20 (46.5%)30 (42.3%)49 (48.0%)P < 0.05
Tumour site
 Thoracic16 (48.5%)64 (48.8%)25 (48.1%)P > 0.05
 Other17 (51.5%)67 (51.2%)27 (51.9%)P > 0.05
Paralysis
 Yes12 (36.4%)45 (34.4%)18 (34.6%)P < 0.05
Pain, VAS score
  < 37 (21.2%)28 (21.4%)11 (21.2%)P < 0.05
426 (78.8%)103 (78.6%)41 (78.8%)P < 0.05