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Table 3 Univariate analysis: Correlations between number of self-care practices used and numerical variables

From: Self-care in people with long term health problems: a community based survey

Variable      Interpretation
     r    p  
Age -0.180 < 0.01    Small inverse association between age and self-care; younger adults use a greater number of self-care practices
Number of health conditions 0.272 < 0.01    Typical positive association between the number of long term health problems (of the 6 listed) and number of self-care practices used
Bothersomeness 0.325 < 0.01    Bothersomeness of the primary health problem has a typical positive association with number of self-care practices used
General health -0.142 < 0.01    Poorer self reported general health has a smaller than typical association with higher number of self-care practices
Number of sources of information utilised 0.482 < 0.01    Large positive association between the number of sources of information used and higher number of self-care practices
Number of sources of information trusted 0.387 < 0.01    Larger than typical positive association between the number of sources of information trusted and higher number of self-care practices