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Table 3 Multivariate Associations Between Characteristics of Rheumatologists and Responses Regarding Perceived Benefit and Likelihood of Recommending CAM

From: What rheumatologists in the United States think of complementary and alternative medicine: results of a national survey

  OR (95% CI)
Characteristic Benefita Recommendb
Age (per 10 y) 0.9
(0.7-1.3)
0.8
(0.6-1.1)
Sex (Female) 1.9
(1.1-3.4)
1.7
(0.9-2.9)
Race (White) 1.3
(0.5-3.2)
1.5
(0.6-4.0)
Practice Setting (vs Solo) P = .65 P = .67
   Group 0.9
(0.5-1.6)
1.3
(0.7-2.3)
   Institutional/Other 1.3
(0.5-3.8)
0.8
(0.3-2.6)
   Academic 0.7
(0.3-1.4)
1.0
(0.5-1.9)
Region (vs Northeast) P = .49 P = .07
   South 1.3
(0.8-2.2)
1.6
(0.9-2.7)
   Midwest 1.5
(0.7-3.4)
0.8
(0.3-1.8)
   West 0.8
(0.3-2.1)
0.6
(0.2-1.7)
Place of Birth (not North America) 1.8
(0.8-4.0)
2.5
(1.1-5.6)
  1. Abbreviations: CAM, complementary and alternative medicine; CI,
  2. confidence interval; OR, odds ratio.
  3. a OR for a composite response of 4 or more of 6 CAM therapies rated as "very" or "moderately" beneficial vs 3 or fewer of 6 CAM therapies with the same responses. Bolded entries indicate statistical significance.
  4. b OR for a composite response of 4 or more of 6 CAM therapies rated as "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to recommend vs 3 or fewer of 6 CAM therapies with the same responses. Bolded entries indicate statistical significance.