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Table 2 Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of HF patients and caregivers

From: Feasibility and acceptability of a nursing intervention with family caregiver on self-care among heart failure patients: a randomized pilot trial

  EG (N = 16) CG (N = 16)
  n (%)
HF patient
 Sex, male 11 (69) 13 (81)
 Age in years mean (SD) 67.8 (9.9) 66.9 (11.3)
 Married or common law spouse 15 (94) 16 (100)
 Not working 14 (88) 12 (75)
 Education ≤ high school 11 (69) 9 (56)
 Number of days of hospitalization mean (SD) 9.6 (5.7) 10.8 (9.0)
Reasons for hospitalization
 Heart failure 8 (50) 11 (69)
 Pacemaker related problems/arrhythmia 3 (19) 2 (13)
 Acute coronary syndrome 2 (13) 0 (0)
 Other 3 (19) 3 (19)
New York Heart Association class
 I 1 (6) 0 (0)
 II 7 (44) 6 (38)
 III 7 (44) 8 (50)
 IV 1 (6) 2 (13)
 Mean percentage of ejection fraction mean (SD) 31.56 (14.7) 29.68 (10.4)
 ≥1 hospitalization in the last year (vs not) 5 (31) 6 (38)
 ≥1 emergency visit in the last year (vs not) 4 (25) 2 (13)
 Number of medications at discharge mean (SD) 11.6 (2.9) 11.6 (4.5)
Caregiver
 Sex, male 6 (38) 3 (19)
 Age in years mean (SD) 63.2 (11.4) 63.7 (10)
 Education ≤ high school 10 (63) 9 (56)
 Not working 11 (69) 11 (69)