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Table 3 Network members identified as being most important for people with and without a spouse in their network

From: Analysis of social networks supporting the self-management of type 2 diabetes for people with mental illness

  Spousal network Network without spouse
Informal support   
Spouse 6 (14 %) 0 (0 %)
Other family 4 (9 %) 17 (22 %)
Friends/social groups 2 (5 %) 8 (10 %)
Pets 3 (7 %) 4 (5 %)
Neighbours 0 (0 %) 3 (4 %)
Formal support   
Community nursing service 8 (19 %) 11 (14 %)
Medical (excluding psychiatrists) 7 (16 %) 12 (15 %)
Personal care/carer 7 (16 %) 11 (14 %)
Mental health workers 1 (2 %) 5 (6 %)
Allied health 4 (9 %) 6 (8 %)
Transport 1 (2 %) 1 (1 %)