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Table 2 Health and caregiving-related characteristics of caregivers, stratified by care intensity level (N = 604)

From: The impacts of caregiving intensity on informal caregivers in Malaysia: findings from a national survey

Characteristic Count, n (Unweighted) Estimated population, N
(Weighted)
Percentage (%) Level of caregiving intensity p-value
1–19 h per week 20 and more hours per week
n Weighted % n Weighted %
Health
Self-reported health problems
  Yes 202 361,073 33.1 128 35.2 74 29.8 0.339
  No 402 730,523 66.9 250 64.8 152 70.2  
Long-term conditiona
  Yes 209 325,627 29.8 134 31.4 75 27.4 0.447
  No 395 765,970 70.2 244 68.6 151 72.6  
Self-rated health
  Excellent - Good 429 805,928 73.8 280 75.7 149 70.8 0.340
  Fair - Very Poor 175 285,669 26.2 98 24.3 77 29.2  
Caregiving-related
Living in the same household:
  Yes 525 933,687 85.5 324 82.7 201 89.9 0.103
  No 79 157,910 14.5 54 17.3 25 10.1  
Receive training
  Yes 129 215,497 19.7 80 19.1 49 20.8 0.707
  No 475 876,100 80.3 298 80.9 177 79.2  
Has assistance
  Yes 439 790,909 72.4 289 74.8 150 68.9 0.328
  No 165 300,688 27.6 89 25.2 76 31.1  
Duration of providing care (years)
  Less than 2 378 664,631 60.9 142 45.0 77 30.8 0.014
  2 and more 226 426,966 39.1 236 55.0 149 69.2  
Caregiver outcomes
Affect health
  Yes 100 181,685 16.6 57 17.5 43 15.4 0.642
  No 504 909,912 83.4 321 82.5 183 84.6  
Affect daily activitiesb
  Yes 142 289,245 26.5 75 25.3 67 28.4 0.613
  No 462 802,351 73.5 303 74.7 159 71.6  
Affect social activities
  Yes 116 236,498 21.7 66 19.3 176 25.3 0.286
  No 488 855,099 78.3 312 80.7 176 74.7  
  1. a Long-term condition refers to presence of any non-communicable diseases (diabetes, hypertension or hypercholesterolemia)
  2. b Daily activities refers to daily, work or school activities