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Table 2 Health-related opinions and behaviours

From: Opinions on Kampo and reasons for using it – results from a cross-sectional survey in three Japanese clinics

Statement All Kampo/CM Integrative Kampo
  Mean ± SD (Median) Mean ± SD (Median) Mean ± SD (Median) Mean ± SD (Median)
I think global warming is a priority issue 4.05 ± 1.04 (4) 4.12 ± 1.02 (4) 3.93 ± 1.01 (4) 4.13 ± 1.07 (4)
The government should spend more money on improvements to the environment 3.99 ± 0.95 (4) 3.99 ± 0.92 (4) 3.88 ± 0.89 (4) 4.12 ± 1.03 (4)
I try to avoid getting ill 3.96 ± 0.98 (4) 3.91 ± 1.05 (4) 3.82 ± 0.92 (4) 4.15 ± 0.97 (4)
I keep an eye on the nutrition balance of my food 3.95 ± 1.01 (4) 4.10 ± 1.00 (4) 3.67 ± 1.04 (4) 4.14 ± 0.91 (4)
I adjust my diet to suit my physical condition 3.87 ± 0.98 (4) 3.89 ± 0.97 (4) 3.67 ± 0.95 (4) 4.06 ± 0.97 (4)
I read a lot about health in newspapers, books, magazines, etc. 3.79 ± 1.06 (4) 3.75 ± 1.15 (4) 3.66 ± 0.99 (4) 3.96 ± 1.06 (4)
I pay attention to health information on TV and radio 3.68 ± 1.05 (4) 3.76 ± 1.05 (4) 3.44 ± 1.00 (3) 3.88 ± 1.06 (4)
I don’t eat food containing additives and preservatives 3.62 ± 1.09 (4) 3.70 ± 1.11 (4) 3.39 ± 1.03 (3) 3.82 ± 1.09 (4)
I think one should not take synthetic drugs for an extended period of time 3.62 ± 1.06 (3) 3.58 ± 1.10 (3) 3.42 ± 0.99 (3) 3.87 ± 1.08 (4)
I ask my doctor or pharmacist about the drugs prescribed to me 3.60 ± 1.06 (4) 3.65 ± 1.01 (4) 3.44 ± 0.97 (3) 3.75 ± 1.16 (4)
I ask my doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of the drugs prescribed to me 3.50 ± 1.06 (4) 3.53 ± 1.10 (4) 3.25 ± 0.95 (3) 3.76 ± 1.09 (4)
I buy organic food (organically produced vegetables, etc.) 3.21 ± 1.18 (3) 3.29 ± 1.13 (3) 2.98 ± 1.15 (3) 3.41 ± 1.20 (3)
I exclude animal products from my food 2.77 ± 1.12 (3) 2.82 ± 1.05 (3) 2.64 ± 1.06 (3) 2.88 ± 1.22 (3)
When I see an ad about Kampo medicine I don’t know, I ask my doctor about it 2.44 ± 1.18 (2) 2.71 ± 1.16 (3) 2.18 ± 1.12 (2) 2.52 ± 1.20 (2)
I pay attention to the lucky and unlucky days of the Buddhist calendar 2.28 ± 1.22 (2) 2.21 ± 1.10 (2) 2.40 ± 1.23 (2) 2.19 ± 1.29 (2)
  1. Answers on 5 point Likert item, 1 = “I fully disagree”, 5 = “I fully agree”. SD standard deviation. CM (traditional) Chinese medicine. “Western medicine” = “conventional” Western biomedicine.