Table 2

Differences in the health of sample carers in 2001

Light careHeavy careLight careHeavy care
OR95% CIOR95% CIOR95% CIOR95% CI
 Age-adjusted0.98(0.93 to 1.03)2.06(1.92 to 2.22)0.95(0.90  to 0.99)1.64(1.54 to 1.75)
 Fully adjusted1.12(1.06 to 1.19)1.12(1.03  to 1.21)1.13(1.07 to 1.20)1.06(0.99 to 1.13)
 Age-adjusted0.99(0.94 to 1.03)2.10(1.97 to 2.23)0.97(0.93 to 1.01)1.81(1.72 to 1.90)
 Fully adjusted1.09(1.04 to 1.14)1.33(1.25 to 1.42)1.11(1.06 to 1.15)1.28(1.21 to 1.35)
  • Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) Longitudinal Study of England and Wales.

  • Limiting long-term illness (LLTI) was modelled using a binary logit model where 0=‘no LLTI’ and 1=‘LLTI’. Self-reported health (SRH) was modelled using an ordinal logit specification where 0=‘good’, 1=‘fairly good’ and 2 =‘not good’. The age-adjusted models adjust for grouped age. The fully adjusted models adjust for grouped age, marital status, housing tenure, economic activity, ethnicity, highest educational qualification and ward-level deprivation quintile. For all female models, N=89 926, and for all male models N=88 442.