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Table 4 Demographic and clinical characteristics of the participants (n = 174)

From: Multidimensional measure of instrumental support in transitional care – design and pilot test of a questionnaire assessing instrumental support among older adults with chronic diseases

Item Number Percentage(%)
Age 60 ~ 69 53 30.5
70 ~ 79 61 35.1
 ≥ 80 60 34.4
Gender Male 82 47.1
Female 92 52.9
Marital status Married 157 90.2
Single 17 9.8
Level of education Primary school or below 57 32.8
Junior middle school 58 33.3
High school 36 20.7
College and above 23 13.2
Past occupation Unemployment 10 5.7
Farmer 22 12.6
Worker 80 46.1
Enterprise employee 52 29.9
Public servant 10 5.7
Close friends or relatives 1 ~ 2 15 8.6
3 ~ 5 71 40.8
 > 5 88 50.6
Main caregivers None 27 15.5
Partner 77 44.3
Children 62 35.6
Family nanny 6 3.4
Relative 2 1.2
Household monthly income (yuan/month)  < 2000 33 18.9
2000 ~ 4000 74 42.5
4001 ~ 6000 25 14.4
6001 ~ 8000 13 7.5
8001 ~ 10,000 13 7.5
 > 10,000 16 9.2
Mode of medical expense Urban resident's insurance 19 10.9
Urban employee insurance 123 70.6
Rural cooperative medical insurance 25 14.4
Other 7 4.1
Number of chronic diseases 1 62 35.6
2 69 39.7
 ≥ 3 43 24.7
Transitional care expense (yuan/month)  < 500 88 50.6
500 ~ 1000 48 27.6
 > 1000 38 21.8