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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of CAM users and non-users (n = 350)

From: Prevalence, patterns, and perceived value of complementary and alternative medicine among cancer patients: a cross-sectional, descriptive study

Characteristic CAM users (%) (n = 137) CAM non-users (%) (n = 213) P Total (n) %
Gender
 Male 43 (31.4) 58 (27.2) 0.401 101 28.9
 Female 94 (68.6) 155 (72.8) 0.401 249 71.1
Age
  < 20 0 (0.0) 2 (0.9) 0.522 2 0.6
 21–30 4 (2.9) 4 (1.9) 0.716 8 2.3
 31–40 22 (16.1) 26 (12.2) 0.341 48 13.7
 41–50 51 (37.2) 58 (27.2) 0.058 109 31.1
 51–60 11 (8.0) 38 (17.8) 0.011 49 14.0
  > 60 49 (35.8) 85 (39.9) 0.499 134 38.3
Religion
 Christianity 71 (51.8) 135 (63.4) 0.081 206 59.8
 Hinduism 49 (35.8) 58 (27.2) 0.880 107 29.7
 Islam 11 (8.0) 15 (7.0) 0.139 26 7.4
 Other 6 (4.4) 5 (2.3) 0.823 11 3.1
Ethnicity
 Afro-Trinidadian 35 (25.5) 68 (31.9) 0.035 103 29.4
 Indo-Trinidadian 87 (63.5) 123 (57.7) 0.097 210 60.0
 Mixed 10 (7.3) 19 (8. 9) 0.835 29 8.3
 Other 5 (3.6) 3 (1.4) 0.351 8 2.3
Employment status
 Unemployed 91 (66.4) 153 (71.8) 0.287 244 69.7
 Employed 46 (33.6) 60 (28.2) 0.287 106 30.3
Education level
 Less than primary school 2 (1.5) 10 (4.7) 0.137 12 3.4
 Primary school 44 (32.1) 83 (39.0) 0.211 127 36.3
 Secondary school 63 (46.0) 89 (41.8) 0.442 152 43.4
 Tertiary 28 (20.4) 31 (14.6) 0.188 59 16.9
  1. Data are the number (percentage)