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Table 5 Percentage (SE) CAM usea in the last 12 months by health care related factor among n = 1889 children reporting any mental health condition

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use among children with mental health issues: results from the National Health Interview Survey

Health care related factor N Percent CAM use (standard error) P Valueb
Health care access (Have a place to go)    .759
 Yes 1808 19.1 (1.2)  
 No 81 21.2 (6.5)  
Prescription medications    .771
 Yes 633 18.7 (2.1)  
 No 1256 19.4 (1.4)  
Difficult affording prescription medication    .541
 Yes 102 22.8 (5.7)  
 No 1787 19.0 (1.2)  
Use mental health care and counselling    .684
 Yes 665 19.8 (1.9)  
 No 1224 18.9 (1.3)  
Difficult affording mental health care and counseling   .012
 Yes 87 36.9 (6.4)  
 No 1802 18.3 (1.2)  
Delayed access to traditional medical carec    .042
 Yes 1629 18.2 (1.2)  
 No 260 25.3 (3.2)  
  1. a Any of 17 Cam modalities
  2. b Survey weighted Wald F-test comparing percent CAM use between children with and without the indicated health care factor within the subpopulation of all children with any mental health condition
  3. c Delayed access due to at least one of the following reasons: difficulty getting through on phone; couldn’t get an appointment soon enough; wait too long to see doctor; wasn’t open when you could get there; didn’t have transportation