Table 1

Characteristics of study participants

Categories

Sub-categories

Patient (n = 52)

§Carer (n = 14)


Residence

Australian Capital Territory

26 (50%)

6 (43%)

Sydney West

26 (50%)

8 (57%)


Gender

Male

28 (54%)

1 (7%)

Female

24 (46%)

13 (93%)


Age

Up to 64 years

17 (33%)

7 (50%)

65 years and over

35 (67%)

7 (50%)


Special groups

αCulturally & linguistically diverse background

11 (21%)

5 (36%)

Indigenous Australians

7 (14%)

0


Marital Status

Married/de facto/living with a partner

29 (56%)

13 (93%)


βDiagnosis

Type 2 diabetes

27 (52%)

*7 (50%)

Chronic heart failure

20 (38%)

*4 (29%)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

17 (33%)

*7 (50%)

More than one index condition

11 (21%)

*3 (21%)

Average length of illness (years)

16.5

*21.4

Other co-morbid conditions

43 (87%)

*11 (86%)


Visit to GP

Monthly or more often

35 (67%)

*12 (86%)

Bi-monthly or less frequently

17 (33%)

*2 (14%)


Family Carer

Have a family carer

#22 (42%)

Non applicable

Average length of caring (years)

#14.7

12.5

Carer receives financial assistance

#5 (23%)

5 (36%)

Carer receives informal support

#14 (64%)

9 (64%)


α Born in one of the following countries: Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Syria, South Africa, Philippines, Malaysia, Samoa, Hong Kong, China

β The total number combines more than 52 because ten patients had two of the index conditions and one patient had all three conditions

§ Nine carers were spouses or offspring of the patients interviewed

* Denotes the carer's account about the patient's condition and management

# Denotes the patient's account about the carer

Jeon et al. BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:182   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-182

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