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Table 1 Comparisons of area of residence against mean (SD) measures of CAM use, Neighbourhood satisfaction and safety, sense of community, and health status

From: A comparison of complementary and alternative medicine users and use across geographical areas: A national survey of 1,427 women

Characteristic Major Cities Inner Regional Outer Regional Remote/Very Remote p-value
  (n = 429) (n = 437) (n = 470) (n = 91)  
Number of different CAM modalities 2.2 (1.5) 2.1 (1.3) 2.0 (1.3) 1.9 (1.1) 0.3260
Total cost of consultations A B C 488.1 (441.2) 389.4 (384.1) 386.9 (364.0) 356.3 (333.3) <0.0001
Number of different self- prescribed CAMs 2.1 (1.4) 2.0 (1.4) 1.9 (1.3) 2.1 (1.3) 0.4503
Total cost of self-prescribed CAMs 384.2 (393.8) 338.3 (336.2) 333.6 (336.2) 320.4 (305.9) 0.1360
Neighbourhood safety A B C 4.6 (1.4) 4.4 (1.4) 4.4 (1.6) 4.2 (1.8) 0.0036
Neighbourhood satisfaction 15.8 (4.3) 15.3 (4.1) 15.1 (4.4) 14.8 (4.7) 0.0557
Total Sense of Community Index A B C 25.5 (13.1) 30.0 (13.0) 31.8 (14.1) 34.0 (15.3) <0.0001
Number of diagnoses 1.6 (1.5) 1.6 (1.5) 1.6 (1.6) 1.5 (1.5) 0.8726
Number of symptoms 5.9 (4.1) 6.1 (4.1) 6.0 (4.0) 5.8 (3.8) 0.1536
  1. A statistically significant difference between major cities and inner regional (p < 0.05)
  2. B statistically significant difference between major cities and outer regional (p < 0.05)
  3. C statistically significant difference between major cities and remote/very remote (p < 0.05)
  4. D statistically significant difference between inner regional and remote/very remote (p < 0.05)