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Table 3 Reasons for using CAM in 1997–8 compared to 2005

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

  % (N) Agree
I use complementary medicine/therapy because.... 1997–8 N = 141 2005 N = 185
   Standard recoding Conservative recoding
1. Conventional medicine was not effective for my health problem. 41.8 (59) 67.2 (123)* 49.2 (90)
2. I believe that complementary/alternative medicine allows me to take a more active role in maintaining my health. 51.8 (73) 91.8 (168)* 76.5 (140)*
3. The conventional medicine treatment I received had unpleasant side effects. 9.2 (13) 55.7 (102)* 37.7 (69)*
4. I value the emphasis that complementary/alternative medicine places on treating the whole person. 36.9 (52) 92.4 (170)* 78.3 (144)*
5. I had difficulty communicating with my medical doctor (for example, he/she didn't understand my problem, didn't listen, etc.). 7.1 (10) 40.1 (73)* 22.0 (40)*
6. I am desperate to solve my health problem and I will try anything. 9.9 (14) 63.9 (115)* 45.1 (83)*
  1. * Fisher Exact test of the difference between 1997–8 and 2005 score was significant at p < .0001.