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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of caregivers and illness related characteristics of their patients

From: Caregiver strain and symptoms of depression among principal caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder in Sri Lanka

Characteristic Number Percentage (%)
Gender
Male 36 45.0
Female 44 55.0
Ethnicity
Sinhala 77 96.3
Tamil 2 2.5
Muslim 1 1.3
Having permanent employment 32 40.0
Income* (Rs)
Less than 5000 19 23.8
5001 – 15,000 26 32.5
15,001 – 25,000 20 25.0
More than 25,000 15 18.7
Level of education
No formal education 3 3.8
Primary education 9 11.3
Secondary education 62 77.6
Tertiary education 6 7.6
Concurrent chronic medical problems** 37 46.3
Substance use
Alcohol 18 22.5
Nicotine 12 15.0
Other   
Relationship to patient
Child 33 41.2
Parent 11 13.7
Sibling 13 16.2
Spouse 10 12.5
Other relation 9 11.2
Paid caregiver (non related) 4 5.0
Illness
Schizophrenia 65 81.3
Bipolar affective disorder 15 18.7
Disease activity
Active 71 88.7
In remission 9 11.3
Duration of illness
Less than one year 15 18.7
1-5 years 20 25.0
More than 5 years 45 56.3
  1. * Conversion 1 USD = 130 rupees, ** Includes diabetes, hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, hypercholesterolaemia, heart failure, asthma and epilepsy.