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Table 2 Distribution and severity score of chief complaints at Day 0

From: Homeopathic and conventional treatment for acute respiratory and ear complaints: A comparative study on outcome in the primary care setting

Children Homeopathy n = 407 Conventional n = 252  
Chief complaint (%) Severity score (%) Severity score p -valueaif < 0.05
Runny nose 9.8 1.1 ± 0.5 15.5 1.9 ± 0.7 = 0.0001
Sore throat 24.6 1.7 ± 0.6 23.0 1.6 ± 0.6  
Ear pain 23.1 1.4 ± 0.6 21.0 1.0 ± 0.5 = 0.0002
Sinus pain 2.0 1.6 ± 0.4 3.6 1.7 ± 0.6  
Cough 40.5 0.9 ± 0.5 36.9 1.1 ± 0.6  
Adults Homeopathy n = 445 Conventional n = 462  
Chief complaint % Severity score % Severity score p -value a if < 0.05
Runny nose 15.1 1.5 ± 0.8 14.7 1.9 ± 0.7 = 0.0005
Sore throat 43.4 1.6 ± 0.7 32.3 1.5 ± 0.6  
Ear pain 3.4 1.0 ± 0.3 5.4 1.3 ± 0.5  
Sinus pain 8.3 1.5 ± 0.6 13.4 1.5 ± 0.6  
Cough 29.9 1.0 ± 0.5 34.2 1.3 ± 0.5 = 0.0002
  1. Full-set analysis values are either expressed as % of total or as mean ± SD. aWilcoxon rank-sum test, indicating the differences between severity scores (from 0 – not present to 4 – very severe) in the homeopathy and conventional group.