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Table 3 Expected reasons for CAM use a

From: Prevalence and reasons for intentional use of complementary and alternative medicine as an adjunct to future visits to a medical doctor for chronic disease

  MD   MD + CAM   p-value
  % n (1118) % n (122)  
What do you think are the main reasons that individuals are seeing a CAM provider?
1. They believe that research has shown that treatment works 6.6 (74) 18.0 (22) < 0.001
2. They have heard that others have good experience with such treatment 39.7 (444) 57.4 (70) < 0.001
3. They believe that CAM providers spend more time with patient 7.9 (88) 17.2 (21) 0.001
4. They believe that the CAM provider have a more holistic view than conventional health care personnel 20.0 (224) 42.6 (52) < 0.001
5. They believe that CAM therapies are more natural and harmless than conventional therapies 19.9 (223) 24.6 (30) 0.227
6. They have bad experiences with public health care 29.5 (330) 30.3 (37) 0.852
7. They are generally open to try what ever 37.6 (420) 41.8 (51) 0.360
8 They are not healthy and driven by the hope of being cured 54.4 (608) 43.4 (53) 0.021
9.Don’t know 9.5 (106) 2.5 (3) 0.009
  1. a Multiple answers possible