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Table 5 Maternal intent to use probiotics based on hypothetical research outcomes

From: Maternal perspectives on the use of probiotics in infants: a cross-sectional survey

  Likelihood to use probiotics %
If you had another child, please indicate how likely you would be to give them probiotics if research showed that: Definitely Probably Might Probably not Definitely not P a
Giving babies probiotics has no benefit to their health (N = 391) 2.3 10.5 28.6 39.4 19.2 ref
Giving babies probiotics reduces their chances of getting a disease (N = 392) 61.0 26.3 10.5 2.0 0.3 <0.001
The health benefits of giving probiotics to babies is uncertain but may have harmful effects (N = 391) 1.0 0.5 5.9 29.4 63.2 <0.001
Giving probiotics to babies permanently changes their microbiota (i.e. bacteria living in their digestive system) (N = 391) 1.8 7.4 30.9 25.3 34.5 0.01
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