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Table 3 Patient responses on reasons for using CAM

From: Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A survey in Turkish Gastroenterology Patients

Reasons for using CAM (n = 79)* N %
   Improve physical well-being 35 31.5
   "Might help, can't hurt" 31 27.9
   Desire to do everything possible to fight the disease 20 18.0
   Improve emotional well-being 10 9.0
   To directly fight the disease with alternative therapy 9 8.1
   To support treatment and decrease treatment side-effects 4 3.6
   Not satisfied with the treatment 2 1.9
Total 111 100
  1. *Some items may have multiple answers