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Table 3 Respondents’ attitudes towards natural health products (n = 1173)

From: Public awareness, patterns of use and attitudes toward natural health products in Kuwait: a cross-sectional survey

Statement Strongly disagree % (95% CI) Disagree % (95% CI) Neutral % (95% CI) Agree % (95% CI) Strongly agree % (95% CI) p value (d + e vs a + b + c) Median
  (a) (b) (c) (d) (e)   
NHPs can be used to help maintain and promote health 4.5 (3.4 - 5.9) 8.2 (6.7 - 9.9) 15.2 (13.2 - 17.4) 52.6 (49.7-55.5) 19.5 (17.3 -21.9) P < 0.001* 4
NHPs can be used to treat illness 3.6 (2.6 - 4.9) 13.3 (11.4 - 15.4) 23.3 (20.9- 25.8) 49.3 (46.4 - 52.2) 10.6 (8.9 - 12.5) P < 0.001* 4
I think that NHPs are safe because they are made from natural ingredients 5.3 (4.1 - 6.8) 13.2 (11.4 - 15.3) 20.1 (17.9- 22.6) 43.5 (40.6 - 46.4) 17.9 (15.8 - 20.2) P < 0.001* 4
If a NHPS is for sale to the public, I am confident that it is safe 7.2 (5.8 - 8.8) 21.5 (19.2 - 24.0) 28.0 (25.4- 30.6) 31.9 (29.2 - 34.7) 11.5 (9.8 - 13.5) P < 0.001^ 3
I think that NHPs are better for me than conventional medicines 8.5 (7.0 - 10.3) 20.5 (18.2 - 22.9) 31.1 (28.5- 33.9) 29.2 (26.6 - 31.9) 10.7 (9.1 - 12.7) P < 0.001^ 3
I think that a lot of the health claims made by the manufacturers of NHPs are unproven 4.3 (3.3 - 5.7) 13.8 (11.9 - 16.0) 39.6 (36.8- 42.5) 32.1 (29.4 - 34.8) 10.1 (8.5 - 12.1) P < 0.001^ 3
The Ministry of Health in Kuwait should regulate the claims made by the manufacturers of NHPS 8.0 (6.6 - 9.8) 3.8 (2.8 - 5.1) 6.2 (4.9- 7.8) 27.0 (24.5 - 29.7) 55 (52.1 - 57.9) P < 0.001* 5
I think that it is important to talk to a medical doctor or a pharmacist before using NHPs 3.5 (2.6 - 4.8) 8.9 (7.3 - 10.7) 11.8 (10.0-13.8) 36.7 (26.6 -31.9) 39.1 (36.3 - 42.0) P < 0.001* 4
  1. Measured on a 5-point Likert scale: 1 = Strongly disagree; 2 = disagree; 3 = Neither disagree nor agree (neutral); 4 = Agree; 5 = Strongly agree.
  2. *(d) + (e) significantly greater than (a) + (b) + (c) ^(a) + (b) + (c) significantly greater than (d) + (e).