Table 1

Demographic and clinical characteristics of patients (n = 502)

Patient characteristics

Value

Missing data


Age, years (range)

60 (19 to 94)

2

Female sex, no. (%)

266 (53.1%)

1

Marital status, no. (%):

13

Married

216 (44.2%)

Live-in partner

38 (7.8%)

Single/separated

171 (35.0%)

Widowed

64 (13.1%)

Highest education level, no. (%):

44

No diploma/primary school

85 (18.6%)

Secondary/high school

195 (42.6%)

College

178 (38.9%)

Inpatient, no. (%)

257 (51.2%)

Duration of disease, years (range)

10 (0 to 91)

33

Presence of daily symptoms, no. (%)

300 (62.6%)

23

Need for assistance, no. (%)

132 (26.4%)

2

Hospitalizations during the last 12 months, no. (%)

0 (0 to 15)

40

Medical appointments/month, no. (%)

1 (0 to 30)

16

Different physicians, no. (%)

2 (0 to 10)

18

Tablets/day, no. (%)

4 (0 to 30)

14

Drug intakes/day, no. (%)

2 (0 to 6)

26

Injections/day, no. (%)

0 (0 to 8)

78

Diet, no. (%)

198 (40.3%)

11

Physical therapy, no. (%)

113 (22.9%)

9

Oxygen therapy, no. (%)

22 (4.4%)

4

Need for a specific organization for daily care, no. (%)

338 (67.3%)

Time needed to organize drugs/weeka

60 min (0 to 21 h)

Need for self-monitoring, no. (%)

168 (33.47%)

Time needed for self-monitoring/weeka

60 min (0 to 12 h)

Presence of side effects, no. (%)

168 (36.3%)

39

Main chronic condition, no. (%):

11

Diabetes

81 (16.5%)

Rheumatologic diseases

59 (12.0%)

High blood pressure and dyslipidemia

44 (9.0%)

Systemic diseases

43 (8.8%)

Pulmonary diseases (other than asthma)

40 (8.1%)

Heart diseases

37 (7.5%)

Asthma

37 (7.5%)

Cancers and hematological malignancy

34 (6.9%)

HIV infection

19 (3.9%)

Arterial or venous thrombosis

17 (3.5%)

Other diseasesb

80 (16.3%)


aMedian time needed for concerned patients (self-reported)

bOther diseases include diseases of the digestive system, psychiatric diseases, allergies, non-malignant hemopathy, neurological diseases, sequelae of injury, and endocrine diseases (other than diabetes).

Tran et al. BMC Medicine 2012 10:68   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-68

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