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Table 3 Patient characteristics

From: Cancer patients’ use of complementary and alternative medicine in Sweden: a cross-sectional study

Patient characteristics Patients % (n) CAM user % (n) No CAM user % (n) Spearman’s correlation coefficient, rs p-value
Age in years     −0.25a < 0.01
 <  30 2 (12) 2 (4) 1 (8)   
 30–49 17 (130) 30 (59) 13 (71)   
 50–69 46 (344) 46 (91) 45 (253)   
 > 70 31 (234) 16 (32) 36 (202)   
 Unknown 5 (35) 6 (12) 4 (23)   
 Total 101 (755) 100 (198) 100 (557)   
Sex     0.22b < 0.01
 Women 64 (484) 80 (158) 59 (326)   
 Men 34 (259) 17 (34) 40 (225)   
 Unknown 2 (12) 3 (6) 1 (6)   
 Total 100 (755) 100 (198) 100 (557)   
Diagnosis      
 Breast cancer 38 (285) 51 (101) 33 (184)   
 Urogenital cancer 18 (138) 8 (16) 22 (122)   
 Gastrointestinal cancer 14 (103) 9 (18) 15 (85)   
 Gynecological cancer 12 (92) 16 (31) 11 (61)   
 Head, neck, lung or skin cancer 12 (92) 11 (21) 13 (71)   
 Sarcoma 0 (2) 1 (1) 0 (1)   
 Unknown 6 (43) 5 (10) 6 (33)   
 Total 100 (755) 100 (198) 100 (557)   
Highest education     0.14c < 0.01
 Elementary school 18 (137) 8 (16) 22 (121)   
 High school 31 (233) 31 (62) 31 (171)   
 College/University 49 (368) 57 (112) 46 (256)   
 Unknown 2 (17) 4 (8) 2 (9)   
 Total 100 (755) 100 (198) 100 (557)   
  1. ars calculated using age as a continuous variable; brs calculated with a positive correlation for women; crs calculated using 4 categories with increased value for higher highest education