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Table 4 Use of CAM and other beliefs about hypertension

From: Complementary and alternative medicine in the management of hypertension in an urban Nigerian community

Belief about hypertension Response % Those using CAM (N = 128) % Those not using CAM (N = 312) P* P for Yes vs. "other"
Hypertension is preventable Yes 59.4 69.6 0.057 0.040**
  No 7.0 3.2   
  Don't know 33.6 27.2`   
Hypertension is curable Yes 75.0 72.4 0.218 0.581
  No 9.4 6.1   
  Don't know 15.6 21.5   
Hypertension is serious Yes 89.8 92.0 0.606 0.467
  No 3.9 2.2   
  Don't know 6.3 5.8   
Hypertension can lead to complications Yes 88.3 90.4 0.631 0.508
  No 0.8 1.3   
  Don't know 10.9 8.3   
Hypertension can be inherited or runs in families Yes 19.5 17.6 0.279 0.638
  No 45.3 53.5   
  Don't know 35.2 28.9   
Has family history of hypertension Yes 22.7 14.1 0.042** 0.028**
  No 68.0 79.2   
  Don't know 9.4 6.7   
  1. *p value for chi-square test (for 3 × 2 contigency table)
  2. **P < 0.05