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Table 2 CAM use: 1997–8 and 2005 consumers

From: Motivations for consulting complementary and alternative medicine practitioners: A comparison of consumers from 1997–8 and 2005

  % (N) or M (SD)
  1997–8 N = 141 2005 N = 185 p value*
Length of time using CAM    0.03(1)
   Less than 6 months 9.4 (13) 5.4 (10)  
   6 months to 1 year 8.7 (12) 6.5 (12)  
   1 to 2 years 16.7 (23) 11.4 (21)  
   3 to 5 years 21.0 (29) 22.2 (41)  
   More than 5 years 44.2 (61) 54.6 (101)  
CAM used to supplement versus to replace conventional medicine 89.8 (123) 88.1 (163) 0.72(2)
Number of different CAM ever tried 3.13 (1.68) 3.57 (2.18) 0.04(3)
   Range (1 – 7) (1 – 13)  
  1. * (1) Based on a Mann-Whitney U test, (2) based on Fisher's exact test, 2 sided, (3) based on an independent sample t-test.