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Gaceta Sanitaria

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LA PARRA, Daniel  and  MASANET, Erika. Comparison of time spent on unpaid work as measured by the National Health Survey and the Time Use Survey. Gac Sanit [online]. 2011, vol.25, n.1, pp.68-71. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objective: To compare time spent on unpaid work as measured by the Time Use Survey (TUS) 2002-2003 and the National Health Survey (NHS) 2006. Methods: The time spent on childcare, care of dependent adults, and housework was studied. The proportion of caregivers and the average amount of time spent on each activity, as measured by both surveys, was compared by gender, age and household size. Results: The estimated time spent on adult and childcare is four to six times higher in the NHS, whereas the TUS shows higher percentages of people devoted to housework and childcare. The results of the NHS and the TUS tend to converge only when they measure the proportion of people caring for dependent adults and the average amount of time spent on housework.

Keywords : Caregivers; Time; Gender; Data collection; Questionnaires; Health surveys.

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