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Table 1 Characteristics of the family caregivers and the persons with spinal cord injury

From: Who are the beneficiaries and what are the reasons for non-utilization of care respite and support services? A cross-sectional study on family caregivers

Characteristics Statistics N = 679
Characteristics of the family caregiver
Sex–n (%)
  Male 188 (27.7)
  Female 488 (71.9)
Age in years–mean (std) 57.3 (13.9)
Language region–n (%)
  German 498 (73.3)
  French 146 (21.5)
  Italian 28 (4.1)
Relationship to the SCI person–n (%)
  Spouse/life partner 517 (76.1)
  Mother/father 89 (13.1)
  Child 35 (5.2)
  Sibling 19 (2.8)
  Other relative 7 (1.0)
Living in the same household with the person with SCI–n (%) 572 (84.2)
Perceived quality of life–n (%)
  Very good 150 (22.1)
  Good 372 (54.8)
  Neither good nor bad 131 (19.3)
  Bad 10 (1.5)
  Very bad 3 (0.4)
Characteristics of caregiving situation
Used at least one kind of respite or support during the last 12 months–n (%)
  Yes 239 (35.2)
  No 440 (64.8)
Duration since taking care in years–median (Q25–Q75) 9 (4–19)
Time investment in caregiving in hours per week–median (Q25–Q75) 12 (5–30)
Other informal caregivers involved–n (%) 279 (41.1)
Hired professional home care–n (%) 230 (33.9)
Hired hours of professional home care–median (Q25–Q75) 8 (4–14)
Characteristics of the person with SCI
Sex–n (%)
  Male 499 (73.5)
  Female 176 (25.9)
Age in years–mean (std) 56.4 (16.2)
  Time since injury in years–median (Q25–Q75) 14 (5–26)
Type of SCI–n (%)
  Paraplegic 417 (61.4)
  Tetraplegic 216 (31.8)
  Missing 46 (6.8)
Wheelchair dependency– n (%)
  Completely dependent on wheelchair 464 (68.3)
  Able to stand 22 (3.2)
  Partially able to walk 166 (24.4)
  1. The numbers of missing values are less than 5% if not specified otherwise
  2. Quality of life was measured with a single item about overall quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF)
  3. Abbreviations: SCI Spinal cord injury, std. Standard deviation, Q25 Lower quartile, Q75 Upper quartile