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Table 2 Sociodemographic characteristics of participants

From: “Non-palliative care” – a qualitative study of older cancer patients’ and their family members’ experiences with the health care system

Characteristics Mean Range
Family Members age (N = 86)
Patients 79 (65–92)
Spouses 73 (55–84)
Sons 49 (33-56)
Daughters 46 (27–62)
Son-in-law 63  
Daughters-in-law 45 (34-53)
Grandchild 21  
Sister 65  
Characteristics n %
Relation of Family Member to Patient (N = 60)
Wife 10 16
Husband 4 7
Son 11 18
Daughter 26 43
Son-in-law 1 2
Daughter-in-law 6 10
Grandchildren 1 2
Sister 1 2
Children’s Marital Status (N = 37)
Paired 24 65
Non-paired 13 35
Family Members’ Educational Level (N = 60)
High school and above 31 52
Below high school 29 48
Family Members’ Employment Status (N = 60)
Employed full-time or part-time 45 75
Retired or on sick leave or not employed 15 25