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Table 1 Social and clinical characteristics of sample population (n = 38)

From: “We can’t carry the weight of the whole world: illness experiences among Peruvian older adults with symptoms of depression and anxiety

Characteristics Total (n = 38)
Age in years (n = 38) (mean, s.d.) 67.95 ± 7.79
Sex (n = 38)
 Male 15 (39.5)
 Female 23 (60.5)
Education (n = 38)
 University or College 2 (5.2)
 High school (complete/incomplete) 20 (52.6)
 Primary school (complete/incomplete) 14 (36.8)
 None 2 (5.3)
Marital status (n = 32)
 Married 15 (46.9)
 Separated, divorced or single 8 (25.0)
 Widow 9 (28.1)
Living status (n = 37)
 Alone 1 (2.7)
 With spouse and others 13 (35.2)
 Without spouse but with others 23 (62.1)
Work status* (n = 34)
 Doing work that generates income 17 (50.0)
 Not doing work that generates income 17 (50.0)
Multi-morbidities** (n = 38)
 None 7 (18.4)
 1 or 2 diseases 24 (63.2)
 3 or more diseases 7 (18.4)
Taking medications for anxiety or depressive symptoms (n = 32)
 Yes 7 (21.9)
 No 25 (78.1)
Experience with psychology/psychiatry (n = 34)
 Yes 14 (41.2)
 No 20 (58.8)
Anxiety and depression status (n = 38)
 Only depressive symptoms (PHQ-9 ≥ 10) 11 (28.9%)
 Only anxiety symptoms (BAI ≥ 16) 11 (28.9%)
 Depressive and anxiety symptoms 11 (28.9%)
 No depressive or anxiety symptoms 5 (13.3%)
Health insurance (n = 38)
 Has insurance 9 (23.7)
 No insurance 29 (76.3)
  1. *Work status: We defined ‘work’ as any activity that serves as a source of income (e.g. selling handmade fabrics, carpenters, taxi-drivers); almost all who worked were working informally
  2. **Multi-morbidities: self-reported hypertension, diabetes mellitus, asthma, arthritis, valvulopathies, schizophrenia, and bronchitis/COPD