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Table 3 Prevalence and characteristics of herbal medicine use in the study population, Gondar, Ethiopia (N = 387)

From: Prevalence and correlates of herbal medicine use among type 2 diabetic patients in Teaching Hospital in Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency (%)
Herbal medicine use since diagnosis
 No 147 (38)
 Yes 240 (62)
Reasons for herbal medicine use (n = 240) (more than one option is possible)
 Family, tradition or culture 74 (30.8)
 Belief in advantages of herbal medicine 97 (40.4)
 Herbal medicine is accessible and available 66 (27.5)
 Treatment of diabetes and other medical problems 23 (9.6)
 Dissatisfaction with conventional therapy 102 (42.5)
 Others 15 (6.2)
Reasons for not using herbal medicine among non-users (n = 147) (more than one option is possible)
 Additional burden 62 (42.2)
 Afraid of side effect 105 (74.4)
 The doctor didn’t prescribe herbal medicine 81 (55.1)
 Lack of belief in the benefits of herbal medicine 89 (60.5)
Discuss with HCPs about herbal medicine use (n = 239)
 No 208 (86.6)
 Yes 31 (12.9)
Reason for not discussing with HCPs (n = 240)
 Anticipating negative response about herbal medicine use 158 (65.8)
 Insufficient information of herbal medicine 20 (8.4)
 It is not important for doctor to know about my herbal medicine use 62 (25.8)
Satisfaction with herbal medicine use (n = 240)
 Satisfied 103 (42.9)
 Average 89 (37.1)
 Dissatisfied 48 (20)
  1. Abbreviation: HCPs Health care practitioners