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Table 2 Comparisons of area of residence against information sources for alternative medicine, information sharing about alternative medicine use, and satisfaction with health care

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)  
  % % % %  
Information source for      
alternative medicine      
Family/relatives (% yes) B F 39 34 30 45 0.0044
Partner (% yes) 10 10 12 16 0.2131
Friends/colleagues (% yes) A B 47 39 37 45 0.0207
Internet (% yes) A 11 5 8 8 0.0255
Book or magazine (% yes) 29 27 30 33 0.5665
Mass media (% yes) A E F 14 9 10 20 0.0071
Doctor (% yes) A B 33 26 23 25 0.0047
Pharmacist (% yes) 13 14 14 13 0.9603
Allied health worker (% yes) 5 3 5 7 0.4137
CAM health practitioner (% yes) 25 29 25 20 0.1905
Satisfaction with health care      
(% good/very good/excellent)      
Access to specialists A B C D E 91 83 69 60 <0.0001
Access to a GP who bulk billsA C 57 46 51 44 0.0074
Access to a female GP A B C 76 66 62 59 <0.0001
Hours when GP is available B C 72 66 60 58 0.0023
Number of GPs you have to choose from A B C D E F 79 67 59 42 <0.0001
Ease of seeing the GP of your choice A B C D 70 60 52 49 <0.0001
How long you wait to get a GP appointment A B C 69 53 49 47 <0.0001
Quality of care provided by your GP 91 92 89 86 0.1478
Amount of time for a GP consultation 80 77 74 73 0.1209
Amount of information sharing by GPB C D E 83 83 76 69 0.0005
The outcomes of your medical care 87 85 82 80 0.1553
The technical skills of your GP 92 94 88 90 0.0506
Availability of CAM practitioners in your community A B C D E F 79 71 56 38 <0.0001
Ease of seeing the CAM practitioner of choice B C D E F 75 69 53 42 <0.0001
Access to information about CAM B C D E 70 64 51 44 <0.0001
  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 outer regional (p < 0.05)
  5. E statistically significant difference between inner regional and remote/very remote (p < 0.05)
  6. F statistically significant difference between outer regional and remote/very remote (p < 0.05)