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Table 3 Evolution of caregiver’s medical variables

From: Health and frailty among older spousal caregivers: an observational cohort study in Belgium

N = 78 Better No change Worse
Nutrition a, n (%) 7 (9.0) 55 (70.5) 16 (20.5)
Cognition b, n (%) 7 (9.0) 55 (70.5) 16 (20.5)
Physical performance c, n, (%) 10 (12.8) 59 (75.6) 9 (11.5)
Burden d, n (%) N = 51 7 (13.7) 37 (72.5) 7 (13.7)
Risk of depression e, n (%) 12 (15.4) 53 (67.9) 13 (16.7)
  1. aMini Nutritional Assessment-sf, b Pathologic clock drawing test, c Short Physical Performance Battery, d Zarit Burden Interview, e GDS > 5/15
  2. A significant participant change was determined by Edwards-Nunnally methods (burden, SPPB) or incidence of new cases (nutrition, cognition, risk of depression)