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Table 2 Characteristics of informants

From: Dying comfortably in very old age with or without dementia in different care settings – a representative “older old” population study

  Total n = 180
n (%)
Sex
 Female 123 (68)
 Male 57 (32)
Relationship to deceased
 Husband or wife 18 (10)
 Son or daughter 97 (54)
 Other relative 40 (22)
 Friend 8 (4)
 Matron or wardena 15 (8)
 Unknown 2 (1)
Frequency of contact with deceased study participant before they died
 Lived with her/him 29 (16)
 Daily 45 (25)
 At least once a week 77 (43)
 Less than once a week 29 (16)
Interval from study participant’s death to retrospective informant interview
 Years: median [IQR] 2.3 [1.3–3.7]
  1. Footnotes
  2. Column percentages total 100% for each sub-group - apparent slight discrepancies due to rounding
  3. aMatron or other member of staff in a care home, or warden in a sheltered housing scheme
  4. Most informants were women, usually relatives, most often a daughter or son, and the majority had been in close contact with the deceased participant before they died: 84% were either living with them, visiting daily or seeing them more than once a week