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Table 3 Network members who provide high amount and range of support (superhelpers) by relationship type

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 Superhelper (%/n) Not Superhelper (%/n)
Partner or spouse 87.6 % (156) 12.4 % (22)
Close family 33.2 % (241) 66.8 % (484)
Other family 23.2 % (47) 76.8 % (156)
Primary care professionals 17.0 % (67) 83.0 % (328)
Friends 15.7 % (82) 84.3 % (439)
Pets 15.2 % (10) 84.8 % (56)
Other 9.9 % (8) 90.1 % (73)
Other healthcare professionals 8.8 % (18) 91.2 % (187)
Groups 5.9 % (10) 94.1 % (160)
Total 25.1 % (639) 74.9 % (1905)