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Table 1 Characteristics of the participants (N = 16)

From: Living with a spouse with chronic illness – the challenge of balancing demands and resources

Variables Participants (N = 16)
Gender 7 Male
9 Female
Age (mean, SD, min-max) 70.5 (9.3, 53–88)
Marital status 11married
5 lived together (38–60 yrs)
Living conditions 11 lived in a house
5 lived in a flat
Health situation 2 described themselves as healthy
7 described 1–3 diseasesa
9 described 1–3 symptomsb
Time of diseases/ symptoms 4–40 yrs
Important social networks 15 had children
14 had grand children
7 had contact with other relatives
8 had contact with friends
2 had contact with neighbors
1 had contact with colleagues
  1. aDiseases: heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, anemia, herniated disc, cerebral hemorrhage, fibromyalgia, hydrocephalus, musculoskeletal pain
  2. bSymptoms: back pain, knee pain, anxiety, tiredness, weakness, depressed mood, weight loss, reduced mobility, problem with balance