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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of patients with caring responsibilities among 2012 General Practice Patient Survey responders

From: Informal carers’ health-related quality of life and patient experience in primary care: evidence from 195,364 carers in England responding to a national survey

  Self-reported carers (≥20 hours per week) N (weighted %) a(total n = 64,416) Self-reported carers (<20 hours per week)’ N (weighted %) a(total n = 130,948) Responders without caring responsibilities N (weighted %) a(total n = 764,633)
Gender    
 Male 25,466 (44.3) 51,736 (45.0) 336,635 (50.6)
 Female 37,680 (55.7) 77,464 (55.0) 416,938 (49.4)
Age group    
 18-24 1,141 (4.3) 3,506 (6.0) 40,138 (11.0)
 25–34 3,061 (9.1) 7,266 (9.9) 90,015 (19.4)
 35–44 6,789 (15.6) 14,824 (15.6) 114,513 (19.5)
 45–54 11,300 (21.1) 32,379 (27.3) 128,503 (17.4)
 55–64 15,309 (20.6) 38,906 (24.4) 142,044 (13.6)
 65–74 13,958 (15.7) 22,711 (11.8) 131,974 (10.4)
 75–84 9,418 (10.8) 8,328 (4.3) 79,584 (6.2)
 85+ 2,206 (2.8) 1,295 (0.7) 26,544 (2.5)
Ethnic group    
 White 56,212 (87.9) 118,345 (90.7) 658,587 (86.9)
 Mixed 404 (0.8) 775 (0.7) 5,967 (1.0)
 Asianb 3,704 (6.4) 5,698 (5.2) 47,823 (6.7)
 Blackc 1,236 (2.1) 2,189 (1.7) 21,248 (2.8)
 Other ethnic group 1,597 (2.8) 1,956 (1.6) 18,780 (2.5)
Socio-economic deprivation    
 1 (Affluent) 9,516 (15.0) 30,424 (23.2) 147,459 (19.9)
 2 11,764 (17.3) 30,626 (22.3) 155,496 (19.8)
 3 13,141 (19.8) 27,911 (20.4) 156,665 (20.0)
 4 13,683 (21.5) 22,850 (18.1) 150,733 (20.2)
 5 (Deprived) 16,270 (26.6) 19,063 (16.0) 153,733 (20.1)
Health-related quality of life    
Mobility: No problems 40,898 (70.4) 102,790 (83.4) 560,632 (81.8)
Some or severe problems 20,704 (29.6) 24,416 (16.6) 178,344 (18.2)
Self-care: No problems 54,973 (90.4) 121,465 (95.9) 671,424 (93.0)
Some or severe problems 6,467 (9.6) 5,748 (4.1) 66,218 (7.0)
Usual activities: No problems 39,545 (66.9) 98,595 (78.9) 555,514 (79.6)
Some or severe problems 22,160 (33.1) 28,780 (21.1) 183,891 (20.4)
Pain/discomfort: None 25,386 (45.3) 68,766 (57.3) 419,714 (63.7)
Moderate or extreme pain/discomfort 36,021 (54.7) 58,100 (42.7) 316,938 (36.3)
Anxiety/depression: None 39,076 (64.6) 94,086 (74.3) 556,103 (77.5)
Moderate or extreme anxiety/depression 21,093 (35.4) 31,424 (25.7) 170,633 (22.5)
Number long-term conditions    
0 22,039 (39.4) 57,657 (48.7) 351,412 (54.6)
1 19,155 (29.2) 41,460 (30.7) 218,265 (26.4)
2 12,075 (16.8) 19,540 (13.1) 106,832 (10.9)
3 6,335 (8.3) 7,959 (4.9) 51,457 (4.8)
4 or more 4,812 (6.3) 4,332 (2.6) 36,667 (3.3)
  1. a Weighted percentages are calculated using survey design and non-response weights (by age, gender, geographical location and GP practice, full details Technical Annex GP Patient Survey 2011–2012 Annual Report)
  2. b Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, any other Asian background
  3. c Black Caribbean, Black African, any other Black background