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Table 1 Characteristics of 39 participants

From: “Caregiving is like on the job training but nobody has the manual”: Canadian caregivers’ perceptions of their roles within the healthcare system

Age at Start of Caregiving Duties (years), n = 39 N % Current Age (years), n = 39 N %
< 20 3 7.7 20–39 5 12.8
20–39 13 33.3 40–59 14 35.6
40–59 22 56.4 60–79 18 46.2
60+ 1 2.6 80–89 2 5.1
Caregiver Status, n = 43*    Caregiver Sex, n = 39   
Current Caregiver 32 74.4 Female 28 71.8
Post-caregiver 11 25.6 Male 11 28.2
Time Spent Caregiving (Years), n = 39    Age of Care Recipient (years), n = 431   
0–9 14 35.0 < 20 1 2.3
10–19 15 38.5 20–39 2 4.7
20–29 6 15.4 40–59 8 18.6
30–39 4 10.3 60–69 12 27.9
40–49 0 0 70+ 11 25.6
50–59 1 2.6 Deceased 9 23.1
Care Recipient Designation, n = 43*    Caregiver Employment, n = 39   
Mother 12 27.9 Full-time 12 30.8
Father 2 4.7 Part-time 8 20.5
Wife 5 11.6 Retired 13 33.3
Husband 17 39.5 Lost job due to caregiving duties 1 2.6
Friend 3 7.0 Sick leave 1 2.6
Child 4 9.3 Not working 4 10.3
Care Recipient Residence, n = 39    Marital Status, n = 39   
Another household 1 2.6 Married 27 69.2
Same household 23 59.0 Widowed 5 12.8
Health care institution 6 15.4 Separated 1 2.6
Deceased 9 23.1 Single 6 15.4
Mother Language, n = 39    Ethnic Background, n = 39   
English 26 66.7 Aboriginal 2 5.1
French 4 10.3 Asian 2 5.1
Bilingual 4 10.3 Black 1 2.6
Other 5 12.8 Caucasian 34 87.2
  1. * N = 43 as some caregivers took care of, or had cared for, more than one person