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Table 1 Demographic profile of the participants (N = 29)

From: Illness experience of adults with cervical spinal cord injury in Japan: a qualitative investigation

Characteristics   Number Percent
Gender Male 27 93.1
  Female 2 6.9
Age Mean ± SD (range) 48.1 ± 12.4 (26–77)  
Age at injury Mean ± SD (range) 30.7 ± 16.3 (14–69)  
Duration of disability Mean ± SD (range) 16.9 ± 9.9 (4–36)  
Level of injury C1 2 6.9
  C3 6 20.7
  C4 10 34.5
  C5 6 20.7
  C6 3 10.3
  Unknown 2 6.9
Type of injury Complete 17 58.6
  Incomplete 12 41.4
Cause of injury Road traffic accident 15 51.7
  Sporting accident 9 31.0
  Fall 3 10.3
  Other accident 2 6.9
Employment at the time of onset Employed 14 48.3
   Returned to the same job 0  
  Student 13 44.8
   Returned to the same school 7  
  Retired 2 6.9
Employment at the time of interview Employed 10 34.5
  Unemployed 19 65.5
Marital status Married 10 34.5
  Single (never married) 17 58.6
  Divorced 2 6.9
Household composition With any family members 22 75.9
  Lives alone 7 24.1
Main caregiver Family members 18 62.1
   Spouse 9  
   Mother 6  
   Father 2  
   Siblings 1  
  Paid caregivers 11 37.9
Receiving any kind of pension Yes 26 89.7
  No 3 10.3