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Table 3 Knowledge of, Experience with, Expectations about, and Willingness to Try Five CAM Therapies*

From: Complementary and alternative medical therapies for chronic low back pain: What treatments are patients willing to try?

  Acupuncture (N = 249) Chiropractic (N = 249) Massage (N = 249) Meditation (N = 249) T'ai Chi (N = 249)
Knowledge about Therapy (%)      
   1 – 2 (1="no knowledge") 69 44 52 72 91
   3 17 22 24 15 6
   4 – 5 (5="a lot of knowledge") 14 34 24 13 3
Ever tried therapy (%) 18 54 38 27 8
Ever tried therapy for LBP (%) 11 45 24 7 0.4
Median helpfulness for LBP among prior users (0 to 10 scale) 5 6 7 5 **
Pain or harm reported by prior users (%) 13 23 13 5 16
Median expectation of helpfulness for current LBP (0 to 10 scale) 5 5 7 3 5
Did not provide expectation rating (%) 25 10 9 12 24
High expectations of helpfulness for current LBP (7 to 10 on 0 to 10 scale) (%) 19 28 48 15 16
Very likely to try therapy if primary care provider thought reasonable and no extra cost (%) 64 51 69 27 41
Very likely to try therapy if primary care provider thought reasonable and $10 co-pay (%) 51 42 56 NA NA
  1. NA = Not Asked. * Each column refers to a specific therapy and the specific question about the therapy is shown in the first column. ** Only 1 person had tried t'ai chi for low back pain previously. All variables, except expectations of helpfulness of current LBP (where % are given in the table) have missing values for < 5% of respondents.