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Table 5 Summary of caring and non-caring time spent on HRA activities for the Diabetes sub-sample only

From: Time to care? Health of informal older carers and time spent on health related activities: an Australian survey

  Non Carer Carer
Time component Time spent on self Time spent on self Time spent caring Total time caring and on self
  Percent responding Median response Percent responding Median response Percent responding Median response Percent responding Median response
  372 respondents Hours per month 55 respondents Hours per month 55 respondents Hours per month 55 respondents Hours per month
Total daily activities excluding exercise 91.9% 7.5 86.7% 17.5 83.8% 35.0 100.0% 61.0
Total daily activities including exercise 93.7% 20.0 90.4% 32.5     
Total general activities 81.6% 0.8 75.5% 2.0 89.5% 9.0 96.3% 7.0
Total medical activities 82.4% 2.0 82.8% 4.3 85.4% 6.5 94.8% 10.6
Overall total excluding exercise 95.5% 11.0 92.0% 25.0 100.0% 47.0 100.0% 87.5
Overall total including exercise 95.5% 26.0 95.7% 39.0    100.0% 88.8
  1. • Daily activities include sorting/preparing/taking medications, carrying out treatments, testing and monitoring health, preparing special food and exercising or stretching.
  2. • General activities include shopping for health items, shopping for special foods, attending rehabilitation, attending health education, attending support groups, and reading health information.
  3. • “Medical activities” include organising appointments, organising travel to appointments, time in waiting rooms, attending consultations, blood tests/x-rays etc. and attending for other treatments.