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Table 4 Characteristics of Complementary Medicine Treatments

From: Patients visiting the complementary medicine clinic for pain: a cross sectional study

  N = 163
  N %
Reason for visiting the complementary medicine clinic (Total may exceed 100% as more than one category could be marked):   
To complement conventional treatments 82 50.3
Disappointment from conventional medicine 55 33.7
Success of complementary medicine for family member/friend 45 27.6
Complementary medicine is known to be successful for the problem I am suffering from 43 26.4
Complementary medicine does not have side affects 38 23.3
Other 19 11.7
Complementary medicine relate to my problem more seriously 16 9.9
Complementary medicine gives explanations for the problems that I am suffering from 15 9.2
Disappointment from the conventional clinic's staff members 5 3
How can the conventional treatment be useful (Total may exceed 100% as more than one category could be marked):   
Physical strength 83 50.9
Mental strength 51 31.3
To avoid invasive treatment 37 22.7
Don't know 32 19.6
Raising awareness for self-treatment 27 16.6
Ease the pain 11 6.7
Annulment of pain 9 5.5
Other 6 3.7
Have you experienced complementary medicine treatment in the past?   
Yes 65 43.0
No 86 57.0
Type of treatment experienced in the past (Total may exceed 100% as more than one category could be marked): 151 (mis = 12)
Acupuncture 38 23.3
Reflexology 27 16.6
Shiatsu 18 11.0
Chiropractic 11 6.7
Other 10 6.1
Herbal medicine 5 3.1
Biofeedback 4 2.5
Homeopathy 3 1.8
Naturopathy 3 1.8