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Table 3 Attitudes and knowledge about direct risk situations (n = 466)a

From: Attitudes and knowledge about direct and indirect risks among conventional and complementary health care providers in cancer care

  Total   Medical doctor (n = 142) Nurse (n = 69) Provider with dual training n = 32) Complementary therapist (n = 223) p-value
  n % n % n % n % n %  
Complementary modalities can cause adverse effects^^            < 0.001*
Yes 376 82.1 134 94.4 64 92.8 27 87.1 151 69.9  
Complementary modalities can cause harmful interactions with conventional treatments            < 0.001*
Yes 265 59.2 105 76.6 55 84.6 16 51.6 89 41.4  
Treated patiens for whom a complementary modality was effective            < 0.001*
Yes 239 60.8 32 24.2 27 49.1 25 96.2 155 86.1  
Treated patients for whom a complementary modality was harmful            < 0.001*
Yes 97 24.7 51 38.3 27 51.9 3 11.5 16 8.8  
Combining complementary and conventional treatments increases patient risk            < 0.001*
Yes 240 62.8 101 77.7 49 92.5 14 58.3 76 43.4  
  1. *Pearson’s chi-square test; ^Fisher’s exact test; aDue to multiple and missing responses, the analyzed numbers do not always add up to the total number;^^The missing response variated between (n = 8 and n = 84)