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Table 1 Perceived importance as defined by circle location and type of relationship

From: Brief encounters: what do primary care professionals contribute to peoples’ self-care support network for long-term conditions? A mixed methods study

Relationship type Centre (n/%) Middle (n/%) Outer (n/%) Total
Partner or spouse 165 (92.7 %) 11 (6.2 %) 2 (1.1 %) 178
Close family 483 (66.6 %) 191 (26.3 %) 51 (7.0 %) 725
Other family 96 (47.3 %) 92 (45.3 %) 15 (7.4 %) 203
Friends 140 (26.9 %) 265 (50.9 %) 116 (22.3 %) 521
Pets 35 (53.0 %) 15 (22.7 %) 16 (24.2 %) 66
Primary care professionals 211 (53.4 %) 125 (31.6 %) 59 (14.9 %) 395
Other healthcare professionals 65 (31.7 %) 87 (42.4 %) 53 (25.9 %) 205
Groups 36 (21.2 %) 59 (34.7 %) 75 (44.1 %) 170
Other 28 (34.6 %) 30 (37.0 %) 23 (28.4 %) 81