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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of patients (n = 502)

From: Development and description of measurement properties of an instrument to assess treatment burden among patients with multiple chronic conditions

Patient characteristics Value Missing data
Age, years (range) 60 (19 to 94) 2
Female sex, no. (%) 266 (53.1%) 1
Marital status, no. (%):   13
   Married 216 (44.2%)  
   Live-in partner 38 (7.8%)  
   Single/separated 171 (35.0%)  
   Widowed 64 (13.1%)  
Highest education level, no. (%):   44
   No diploma/primary school 85 (18.6%)  
   Secondary/high school 195 (42.6%)  
   College 178 (38.9%)  
Inpatient, no. (%) 257 (51.2%)  
Duration of disease, years (range) 10 (0 to 91) 33
Presence of daily symptoms, no. (%) 300 (62.6%) 23
Need for assistance, no. (%) 132 (26.4%) 2
Hospitalizations during the last 12 months, no. (%) 0 (0 to 15) 40
Medical appointments/month, no. (%) 1 (0 to 30) 16
Different physicians, no. (%) 2 (0 to 10) 18
Tablets/day, no. (%) 4 (0 to 30) 14
Drug intakes/day, no. (%) 2 (0 to 6) 26
Injections/day, no. (%) 0 (0 to 8) 78
Diet, no. (%) 198 (40.3%) 11
Physical therapy, no. (%) 113 (22.9%) 9
Oxygen therapy, no. (%) 22 (4.4%) 4
Need for a specific organization for daily care, no. (%) 338 (67.3%)  
Time needed to organize drugs/weeka 60 min (0 to 21 h)  
Need for self-monitoring, no. (%) 168 (33.47%)  
Time needed for self-monitoring/weeka 60 min (0 to 12 h)  
Presence of side effects, no. (%) 168 (36.3%) 39
Main chronic condition, no. (%):   11
   Diabetes 81 (16.5%)  
   Rheumatologic diseases 59 (12.0%)  
   High blood pressure and dyslipidemia 44 (9.0%)  
   Systemic diseases 43 (8.8%)  
   Pulmonary diseases (other than asthma) 40 (8.1%)  
   Heart diseases 37 (7.5%)  
   Asthma 37 (7.5%)  
   Cancers and hematological malignancy 34 (6.9%)  
   HIV infection 19 (3.9%)  
   Arterial or venous thrombosis 17 (3.5%)  
   Other diseasesb 80 (16.3%)  
  1. aMedian time needed for concerned patients (self-reported)
  2. bOther diseases include diseases of the digestive system, psychiatric diseases, allergies, non-malignant hemopathy, neurological diseases, sequelae of injury, and endocrine diseases (other than diabetes).