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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the 208 caregivers and care receivers

From: The effect of psychosocial support on caregivers’ perceived criticism and emotional over-involvement of persons with dementia: an assessor-blinded randomized controlled trial

  Intervention (n = 105) Control (n = 103)
Caregivers
 Females, n (%) 81 (77) 77 (75)
 Males, n (%) 24 (23) 26 (25)
 Spouses, n (%) 63 (60) 55 (53)
 Children, n (%) 42 (40) 48 (47)
 Age, mean (SD) range 64.1 (12.2) 35–87 63.6 (11.8) 40–89
 Living together, n (%) 66 (63) 56 (54)
 Daily contact, n (%) 69 (66) 59 (57)
 RSS, mean (SD) 25.05 (10.88) 23.48 (11.07)
 GDS, mean (SD) 7.70 (6.62) 5.69 (5.70)
 FEERS CC, mean (SD) 3.78 (2.82) 3.42 (2.99)
 FEERS EOI, mean (SD) 6.12 (3.26) 5.91 (3.19)
 FEERS Total, mean (SD) 9.95 (4.94) 9.33 (4.64)
Care receivers
 Females, n (%) 55 (52) 56 (54)
 Males, n (%) 50 (47) 47 (46)
 Age, mean (SD) range 78 (7.5) 60–94 79 (7.0) 58–94
 Years of symptoms, median (IQR) range 3 (2, 5) 0.2–14 4 (2.5, 6) 0.6–12
 Years of schooling, median (IQR) range 9 (7, 12) 3–22 9 (7, 11.3) 6–22
 Formal assistance, n (%) 74 (71) 73 (50)
 MMSE, mean (SD) 20.9 (3.52) 21.5 (3.68)
 NPI, mean (SD) 4.8 (2.43) 5.4 (3.68)
 IADL, mean (SD) 22.2 (7.72) 21.4 (7.72)
 Cornell, mean (SD) 8.02 (5.54) 7.3 (5.90)
  1. IQR Interquartile range, FEERS CC Felt Expressed Emotion Rating Scale; criticism, range 0–5. FEERS EOI Felt Expressed Emotion Rating Scale; emotional over involvement, range 0–5. RSS Relatives’ Stress Scale, range 0–12, GDS Geriatric Depression Scale, range 0–30, MMSE Mini Mental State Examination, range 0–30, NPI Neuropsychiatric Inventory (only presence of symptoms, range 0–12), IADL Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, range 7–13. Cornell, range 0–38