Table 1

Population characteristics and proportion of widowers in the first telephone survey identifying obstacles to participation in an upcoming questionnaire survey on bereavement.

Age group of participants (widowers)

Years of grief following loss of spouse

All

30-49

50-59

60-69

70-75

2nd year

3rd year

4th year


Number of widowers in the original study base

n = 346

n = 31

n = 76

n = 119

n = 120

n = 113

n = 117

n = 116

Unreachable by phone/could not be located - % (n/N)

14%

(50/346)

23%

(7/31)

21%

(17/76)

18%

(21/119)

5%

(6/120)

19%

(22/113)

10%

(12/117)

14%

(16/116)

Total number who could be reached- % (n)

n = 296

86%

n = 24

77%

n = 60

79%

n = 98

82%

n = 114

95%

n = 91

81%

n = 105

90%

n = 100

86%

Proportion of widowers identifying obstacles to participation - % (n/N)

55%

(163/296)

33%

(8/24)

48%

(29/60)

57%

(56/98)

61%

(70/114)

55%

(50/91)

53%

(56/105)

57%

(57/100)


Skulason and Helgason BMC Palliative Care 2010 9:7   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-9-7

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