Table 2

Mean time spent on care activities undertaken by families of patients

Mean care time per patient (min)Mean care time per patient per day (min)
Care activitiesHospital care (n=69)Home care (n=56)Difference (home − hospital) (%)p valueHospital careHome careDifference (home − hospital) (%)p value
*t test with equal variances.
t test with unequal variances.
Physical
Changing nappies2642+16 (+59%)0.04†2121 +1 (+3%)0.90*
Feeding98122+24 (+25%)0.18*7971 −7 (−9%)0.58*
Bathing2723 −4 (−14%)0.53*2212−10 (−47%)0.02†
Taking temperature24 +2 (+79%)0.48*22 0 (−22%)0.75*
Medication514 +9 (+175%)0.02†47 +3 (+59%)0.22*
Putting to bed1110 −2 (−16%)0.70*94 −5 (−54%)0.13†
All physical care activities169215+45 (+27%)0.08†137117−20 (−15%)0.28*
Social
Playing8552−34 (−39%)0.09*7426−47 (−65%)0.004†
Cuddling3875+37 (+96%)0.32*3555+20 (+58%)0.57*
Talking/singing149 −5 (−33%)0.46*115 −6 (−55%)0.16†
Calming/comforting4858+11 (+22%)0.65*4137 −4 (−10%)0.84*
All social care activities185195 +9 (+5%)0.87*161124−37 (−23%)0.48*
All care activities355409+54 (+15%)0.43*298241−57 (−19%)0.35*