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Table 3 Primary or main diagnoses1, first inclusion diagnoses for new patients in CM practices, compared to primary diagnoses in practices of general practitioners in the Netherlands (Multilevel regression analyses)*

From: Diagnoses and visit length in complementary and mainstream medicine

  Hom. % (N = 502) Acup. %
(N = 808)
Natur. %
(N = 529)
GPs % (N = 2628)** Intraclass correlation*** p-value
general complaints2 15.5 10.1 12.1 4.5 10.1% 2<.0005 (all)
blood and blood vessels 0.0 0.0 2.1 1.2 (no test, too few cases)  
gastrointestinal system 6.0 4 6.9 5 16.23 5.3 4.6% 3,4,5 <.0005 (all)
eye 0.0 0.6 0.7 3.5 (no test, too few cases)  
ear 1.1 1.1 1.0 2.4 11.8%  
cardiovascular system 2 1.0 1.0 2.0 6.0 13.7% 2 <.0005 (all)
musculoskeletol system 6.9 3,6 22.3 5 6.53 17.4 7.3% 3,5,6 <.0005 (all)
nervous system 2 5.9 8.2 4.4 2.0 14.6% 2gp-h .001;2gp-a <.0005;2gp-n .05
psyche 12.33 14.13,5 6.3 3.9 12.3% 3 <.0005 (all);5 .02
respiratory organs 7.5 6.4 5.5 8.9 5.4%  
skin and subcutaneous tissue 14.6 3,6 5.55 11.4 7.9 6.8% 3 .003;5 .01;
6 <.0005
endocrine glands, metabolism, food 1.3 1.3 2.6 1.0 34.9%  
urinary tract 0.7 0.08 0.1 0.04 (no test, too few cases)  
pregnancy, childbirth, contraception 0.0 0.1 0.02 0.1 (no test, too few cases)  
female genital 3.03 1.1 2.2 1.0 19.9% 3 .005
male genital 0.4 0.5 1.3 0.7 (no test, too few cases)  
social problems 0.6 0.2 .04 .02 (no test, too few cases)  
  1. *Controlled for age, gender and education level of patients
  2. ** Data from the DNSGP-2 patient registration in 2001(sub dataset for observation study)
  3. *** % of total variance due to differences between doctors
  4. 1Incidence-data: 6 month in CM practices (2007), 12 month in General Practice (2001)
  5. 2 significant difference between all CM-diagnoses and diagnoses in general practice
  6. 3 significant difference between a single CM-diagnoses and diagnoses in general practice
  7. 4 significant difference between homeopathic - diagnoses and naturopathy diagnoses
  8. 5 significant difference between acupuncture- diagnoses and naturopathy diagnoses
  9. 6 significant difference between homeopathic - diagnoses and acupuncture diagnoses