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Table 1 Background characteristics

From: Symptom management strategies used by older community-dwelling people with multimorbidity and a high symptom burden - a qualitative study

  n = 20
Age (yrs), mean (SD) 84 (±2.9)
Women n (%) 16 (80)
Lived alone n (%) 15 (75)
Poor hearing with or without hearing device n (%) 7 (35)
Poor vision with or without glasses n (%) 3 (15)
Diagnosis according to ICD-10 Chapter
 01. Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99) n (%) 5 (25)
 02. Neoplasms (C00-D48) n (%) 9 (45)
 03. Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism (D50-D89) n (%) 5 (25)
 04. Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E90) n (%) 12 (60)
 05. Mental and behavioural disorders (F00-F99) n (%) 10 (50)
 06. Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99) n (%) 10 (50)
 07. Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00-H59) n (%) 14 (70)
 08. Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60-H95) n (%) 7 (35)
 09. Diseases of the circulatory system (I00-I99) n (%) 20 (100)
 10. Diseases of the respiratory system (J00-J99) n (%) 11 (55)
 11. Diseases of the digestive system (K00-K93) n (%) 10 (50)
 12. Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L99) n (%) 9 (45)
 13. Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00-M99) n (%) 19 (95)
  1. ICD International Classification of Diseases