|Cross tabulation – respondents to the South Australian Health Omnibus who had someone close to them die in the 5 years before responding from an ‘expected’ death and provided a level of active hands-on care (day-to-day and intermittent care; n = 1504; weighted data)|
|Respondents who had someone close to them die from an expected death in the 5 years before responding who provided care for someone with …|
|…heart failure||… a diagnosis other than heart failure|
|Factors that do not change as caregiving is relinquished|
|Gender – male||30/84||35.7||526/1420||37.0||0.806|
|Age of respondent – 65+||23/84||27.4||283/1420||19.9||0.099|
|Educational attainment – beyond school||36/84||42.9||764/1420||53.8||0.051|
|Country of birth – non-English speaking||12/84||14.3||142/1420||10.0||0.208|
|Relationship to the deceased – spouse||14/84||16.7||178/1420||12.5||0.270|
|Factors that may change as caregiving is relinquished|
|Household income ≤ AU$60,000||50/68||73.5||819/1240||66.0||0.203|
|Current work status – full or part time||31/74||41.9||668/1205||55.4||0.023|
|Region of residence – metropolitan||52/83||62.7||952/1420||67.0||0.409|
|SEIFA index –lowest 60%||47/84||56.0||626/1420||44.1||0.034|
|Level of care – day-to-day||35/84||41.7||634/1420||44.6||0.593|
|Length of care – ≤ 1 year||30/51||58.8||540/969||55.7||0.664|
|Had enough support||19/73||26.0||339/1207||28.1||0.704|
|Time since death. ≤ 2 years||48/83||57.8||803/1412||56.9||0.863|
|Moving on with life – able to move on||66/83||79.5||1133/1408||80.5||0.832|
|Would care again – yes||21/23||91.3||279/299||93.3||0.713|
|Sought help for grief or wished they had – yes*||11/30||36.7||226/590||38.3||0.857|
|Age of the deceased >65*||26/30||86.7||428/592||72.3||0.094#|
|Comfortable or very comfortable in the last 2 weeks of life*||9/20||45.0||156/378||41.3||0.741|
|Place of death – institution (hospital or hospice)*||20/29||69.0||405/593||68.3||0.940|
|Palliative care service use – yes||32/84||38.1||865/1420||60.9||0.000|
* only asked in 2006.
# Fisher’s exact test.
** Using a Bonferroni correction, a significant p value should be set at 0.0025: Fisher’s Exact test used.
Davidson et al.
Davidson et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:342 doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-342