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Table 1 Background characteristics, health and informal care characteristics of study sample and the willingness to provide informal care in the future (n = 1097)

From: Who is responsible for providing care? Investigating the role of care tasks and past experiences in a cross-sectional survey in the Netherlands

Background characteristics
Age (mean. SD)   56.3 (17.2)
Gender (%) female 52%
male 48%
Educational level low 18%
middle 54%
high 28%
Marital status married/reg. Partner 62%
divorced/widowed 15%
never been married 23%
Income low 31%
middle 36%
high 33%
Employment status fulltime 25%
part-time 23%
no paid work position 52%
Experienced health
Subjective health (very) good/excellent 83%
moderate/bad 17%
Level of physical disability No 61%
Mild 20%
Moderate/Severe 19%
Informal care situation
Informal caregiver at present (yes)   28%
Relationship between caregiver and care recipientb Partner 16%
Parent 31%
Parent(−in-law) 11%
Brother/sister 6%
Child 8%
Other family 12%
Friend 9%
Neighbor 20%
Acquaintance 19%
Willing to provide informal care in the future
Willing to provide care Yesa 67%
Types of care wiling to providec: Personal care 40%
Assistance with taking medication 61%
Nursing care 25%
Household activities 68%
Support with administrative tasks 72%
Support with visits 78%
Emotional support 83%
Supervision 79%
  1. aIncludes respondents that chose answering category ‘Yes, to someone inside my own household’ and/or ‘Yes, to someone outside my own household’ (Respondents could choose more than one answering category)
  2. bOnly respondents who are informal caregivers at present. Percentages sum up to over 100% as some caregivers lend care to more than one care recipient
  3. cOnly respondents who are willing to provide care in the future. Percentages sum up to over 100% as respondents could choose more than one care task they would be willing to provide in the future