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Table 2 Domain of self-care work by relationship category

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

  Number Mean (SD)  
Emotional work
 Partner or spouse 178 7.85 (2.54)  
 Close family 725 4.72 (3.03)  
 Other family 203 4.04 (2.96)  
 Pets 66 4.01 (2.91)  
 Friends or colleagues 521 3.15 (2.72) p < 0.001
 Groups 170 2.76 (2.36)  
 Other relationshipsa 81 2.25 (2.82)  
 Primary care professionals 395 1.70 (2.17)  
 Other healthcare professionals 205 1.13 (1.77)  
 Total 2544 3.58 (3.15)  
Illness specific work
 Partner or spouse 178 6.47 (3.07)  
 Close family 725 2.49 (2.55)  
 Primary care professionals 395 2.44 (1.93)  
 Other family 203 1.87 (2.36)  
 Other healthcare professionals 205 1.77 (1.71) p < 0.001
 Other relationshipsa 81 1.44 (1.92)  
 Friends or colleagues 521 1.22 (1.79)  
 Groups 170 0.74 (1.08)  
 Pets 66 0.66 (0.82)  
 Total 2544 2.19 (2.53)  
Everyday work
 Partner or spouse 178 6.37 (2.97)  
 Close family 725 1.67 (2.39)  
 Pets 66 1.21 (1.56)  
 Other family 203 1.03 (1.97)  
 Primary care professionals 395 0.92 (1.55) p < 0.001
 Other relationshipsa 81 0.85 (1.56)  
 Groups 170 0.77 (1.51)  
 Friends or colleagues 521 0.71 (1.60)  
 Other healthcare professionals 205 0.65 (1.40)  
 Total 2544 1.46 (2.42)  
  N Mean (SD)  
  1. aOther relationships included carers, volunteers and food delivery service