Table 2

Social backgrounds of the patients and their families.

Variables

n


Household type

Solitary

10

Elderly couple

32

Living with family, but solitary in daytime or nighttime

59

Others*

245

Residence

Own house

332

Others

14

Economic conditions

Independent

335

Receiving public assistance

8

Economic difficulties

3


* Some family members or caregivers lived together throughout the day.

Kodama et al. BMC Palliative Care 2011 10:17   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-10-17

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