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Table 2 Carer, descriptive data by severity of cognitive impairment

From: Disease severity accounts for minimal variance of quality of life in people with dementia and their carers: analyses of cross-sectional data from the MODEM study

  Mild Moderate Severe Sig. Test
Age, mean (SD) 71.5 (12.0) 68.7 (11.4) 67.3 (10.6) F = 3.64, p = 0.03
Gender: male, N (%) 32 (29.4%) 26 (26.5%) 44 (45.4%) χ2 = 9.09, p = 0.01
Ethnicity: White British, N (%) 106 (98.1%) 90 (91.8%) 89 (94.1%) χ2 = 11.38, p = 0.33
Live with person with dementia: Yes, N (%) 87 (79.8%) 66 (67.3%) 50 (51.5%) χ2 = 18.51, p < 0.001
Relationship to Person with dementia: Spousal, N (%) 84 (76.4%) 60 (60.6%) 54 (55.7%) χ2 = 13.43, P = 0.009
Zarit Carer Burden Inventory (↑ greater burden), mean (SD) 28.6 (13.9) 32.0 (16.2) 29.5 (15.7) F = 1.40, p = 0.25
EQ-5D self (↑ better QoL), mean (SD) 0.8 (0.2) 0.8 (0.3) 0.9 (0.2) F = 2.00, p = 0.14
SF-12: Physical (↑ better health/QoL), mean (SD) 48.2 (11.5) 46.9 (12.4) 49.4 (10.8) F = 1.11, p = 0.33
SF-12: Mental (↑ better health/QoL), mean (SD) 47.9 (10.2) 45.3 (10.0) 46.8 (11.0) F = 1.49, p = 0.23
  1. GHQ General Health Questionnaire
  2. F = F statistic derived from one-way Analysis of Variance, t = t value derived from t-test, χ2 = Chi-square value derived from a Pearson’s Chi-square test