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Table 3 Perception of PIC regarding the help provided

From: Profile and needs of primary informal caregivers of older patients in Belgian geriatric day hospitals: a multicentric cross-sectional study

Characteristics n Total group (n = 475) Adult children (n = 255) Spouses (n = 145) p-value
Satisfaction in caring for care recipient 442 367 (83) 188 (81) 117 (86) 0.191
Self-rated Health 456     0.385
 Poorer   93 (20) 52 (21) 26 (19)
 As good   310 (68) 166 (68) 89 (65)
 Better   53 (12) 26 (11) 21 (15)  
Having time for him/herself 439     0.001
 Never   52 (12) 21 (9) 24 (19)
 Insufficient   176 (40) 96 (40) 58 (46)
 Enough   211 (48) 126 (52) 44 (35)
Difficulty to take leisure time 441 158 (36) 91 (38) 43 (33) 0.367
Interruption of activity during the day 427     <  0.001
 Never   233 (55) 139 (59) 53 (42)
 Several times a week   120 (28) 71 (30) 29 (23)
 Every day   44 (10) 17 (7) 24 (19)
 Several times a day   30 (7) 10 (4) 19 (15)
Disturbance at night 413     <  0.001
 Never   332 (81) 193 (85) 80 (69)  
 Several times a week   63 (15) 30 (13) 25 (22)
 Every night   11 (3) 1 (0.5) 7 (6)
 Several times at night   6 (2) 2 (1) 4 (3)
Wish to place the proxy in a nursing home 431 73 (17) 49 (22) 14 (10) 0.004
Zarit Burden Index – 12 items 451 10 [5–18] 11 [6–19] 11 [4–19] 0.677
  1. PIC Primary Informal Caregivers. Results are expressed in median [IQR] and n (%)