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Table 1 Characteristics of patients with COPD and their informal caregivers

From: Economic valuation and determinants of informal care to disabled people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  Disabled people with COPD (n = 461,884)(*) Disabled people with COPD who received Informal care (n = 220,892)(*) Primary informal caregivers(**)(n = 220,892)(*)
  Average (SD) or percentage
Age 69.4 (17.1) 72 (18.9) 56.5 (14.9)
Gender    
 Male 42.5 41.8 23.9
 Female 57.5 58.2 76.1
Marital Status    
 Married 66.8 48.7 69.3
 Single 19.6 13.1 18.2
 Widowed 7.8 35.9 6.2
 Separated/divorced 5.8 2.3 6.3
Educational level    
 Illiterate or primary school incomplete 44.9 59.1 29.2
 Primary or equivalent 29.3 27.4 33.9
 Secondary school/Middle level professional 20.3 11.3 30.1
 University degree or equivalent 5.5 2.2 6.8
Level of dependency    -
 Non-dependent 64.4 33.6 -
 Moderately dependent 14.5 25.9 -
 Severely dependent 10.1 18.7 -
 Greatly dependent 11.0 21.8 -
Average hours of care giving provided per day    
 Non-dependent    6.7 (8.2***)
 Moderately dependent    8.9 (11.7***)
 Severely dependent    11.9 (15.6***)
 Greatly dependent    12.7 (17.0***)
  1. Source: EDAD 08 Survey. *Data extrapolated to entire population with COPD**Caregivers providing at least 1 hour of care per day. ***Daily hours without restriction.