Table 1

Background characteristics of the family members in the study group and the patients
Family members Patients
All (n = 17) All (n = 17)
n (%) n (%)
Family members’ characteristics
Age
Mean years (range) 56 (31–77)
Up to 65 years  9 (53)
From 66 years  8 (47)
Gender
Female 13 (76)
Male  4 (24)
Own children
Small children or teenagers  6 (65)
Adult children or grandchildren 11 (35)
Living situation
Sharing household with the person with cancer 10 (59)
Separate household  7 (41)
Relationship to the person with cancer
Partner (five wives, three husbands)  8 (47)
Cohabitant  2 (12)
Grown child (four daughters, one son)  5 (29)
Other relative (one ex-partner, one uncle)  2 (12)
Education
Upper secondary and above 10 (59)
Less than upper secondary  7 (41)
Work status
Currently working 11 (65)
Retired  4 (23)
Student  1 (6)
On sick leave  1 (6)
Patients’ clinical characteristics
Age
Mean years (range) 65 (35–88)
Up to 65 years 12 (71)
From 66 years  5 (29)
Gender
Female  7 (41)
Male 10 (59)
Type of cancer
Lung 10 (59)
Pancreas  5 (29)
Stomach  2 (12)
Cancer treatment
On-going chemotherapy 17 (100)
Radiation treatment  1 (6)
Surgical therapy #  2 (12)

# One had undergone surgical therapy and one was in preparation for it.

Sjolander and Ahlstrom

Sjolander and Ahlstrom BMC Nursing 2012 11:17   doi:10.1186/1472-6955-11-17

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