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Table 2 Descriptive statistics of the SCI items (N = 294)

From: Measuring self-care in the general adult population: development and psychometric testing of the Self-Care Inventory

Item Mean SD Skewness Kurtosis
1. Make sure to get enough sleep? 3.94 0.87 − 0.52 − 0.06
2. Try to avoid getting sick (e.g., get flu shot, wash your hands)? 4.53 0.67 −1.46 2.08
3. Do physical activity (e.g., take a brisk walk, use the stairs)? 4.09 1.02 −0.88 − 0.17
4. Eat a balanced and varied diet? 3.79 0.89 −0.48 −0.16
5. See your healthcare provider for routine health care (e.g., routine check-up, dentist, gynecologist)? 3.93 1.22 −0.95 −0.13
6. If/when prescribed, take prescribed medicines without missing a dose? 4.55 0.82 −2.11 4.51
7. Do something to relieve stress (e.g., meditation, yoga, music)? 3.50 1.19 −0.49 −0.57
8. Do you avoid tobacco smoke? 4.77 0.75 −3.72 14.07
9. Monitor your health status? 3.72 1.07 −0.55 −0.31
10. If/when prescribed, monitor for medicine side-effects? 3.91 1.13 −0.89 0.01
11. Pay attention to changes in how you feel? 4.12 0.91 −0.79 0.03
12. Monitor whether you tire more than usual doing normal activities? 3.78 1.10 −0.70 −0.17
13. Monitor for symptoms? 3.83 1.06 −0.67 −0.21
14. How quickly did you recognize it as a symptom of an illness, health problem, or medicine side effect? 3.54 1.19 −0.58 0.04
15. Change what you eat or drink to make the symptom decrease or go away? 3.45 1.37 −0.38 −1.26
16. Change your activity level (e.g., slow down, rest)? 3.36 1.35 −0.30 −1.34
17. Take a medicine to make the symptom decrease or go away? 2.99 1.39 0.01 −1.39
18. Tell your healthcare provider about the symptom at the next office visit? 2.97 1.37 0.01 −1.30
19. Call your healthcare provider for guidance? 2.52 1.17 0.20 −0.77
20. Think of things you did the last time you had a symptom–… - Did the things you did make you feel better? 3.29 1.34 −0.81 0.27
  1. SD standard deviation