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Table 2 Patterns of and Reasons for Herbal Use Among Urban Multiethnic Primary Care Patients (n = 322)

From: Factors associated with herbal use among urban multiethnic primary care patients: a cross-sectional survey

Variables White n (%) Hispanic n (%) African American n (%) Asian n (%)
Herbal Use 28(41.2) 49(50.0) 30(22.1) 10(50.0)
Daily Herbal Use* 14(48.3) 13(22.8) 13(33.3) 4(30.8)
Herbal Use 3+ Years* 12(41.1) 45(78.9) 17(45.9) 7(53.8)
Report Taking Herbs and Prescription Medications for the Same Health Problems*     
  10(33.3) 36(63.2) 17(32.7) 8(57.1)
Told Physicians/Pharmacists About Herbal Use*     
  20(66.7) 17(30.9) 21(44.7) 4(30.8)
Had a Bad Reaction* 2(7.4) 1(2.0) 3(11.1) 0
Believed Both Prescription Medications and Herbal Medicines Are Better Than Either Alone**     
Agree 32(47.1) 28(28.6) 54(40.6) 11(55.0)
Disagree 14(20.6) 44(44.9) 48(36.1) 6(30.0)
Neither 22(32.4) 26(26.5) 31(23.3) 3(15)
Believed Herbal Medicines Are Superior to Prescription Medications***     
Agree 8(12.3) 40(41.2) 31(23.1) 6(30.0)
Disagree 36(55.4) 20(20.6) 62(46.3) 8(40.0)
Neither 21(32.3) 37(38.1) 41(30.6) 6(30.0)
Received Herbal Information (multiple)     
Family or relatives 20(29.4) 60(61.2) 43(31.6) 10(50.0)
Magazines 24(35.3) 19(19.4) 38(27.9) 5(25.0)
Television 13(19.1) 24(24.5) 45(33.1) 0
Internet 12(17.7) 7(7.1) 9(6.6) 4(20)
Physician 10(14.7) 8(8.2) 12(8.8) 2(10.0)
Pharmacist 2(2.9) 2(2.0) 6(4.4) 0
Preferred Herbal Information (multiple)     
Effectiveness 53(77.9) 72(73.5) 87(64.0) 9(45.0)
Side-effects 42(61.8) 76(77.6) 82(60.3) 12(60.0)
Interactions 46(67.7) 67(68.4) 75(55.2) 9(45.0)
Preferred Method for Obtaining Herbal Information (multiple)     
Handout/Brochure 45(66.2) 80(81.6) 84(61.8) 11(55.0)
Website 25(36.8) 11(11.2) 20(14.7) 6(30.0)
Consultation 29(42.7) 20(20.4) 47(34.6) 5(25.0)
  1. *Indicates only those patients who reported herbal use
  2. **p = 0.008;*** p < 0.0001