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Table 1 Demographic Characteristics of Sample

From: Use of complementary and alternative medicine by those with a chronic disease and the general population - results of a national population based survey

  General Population Asthma Diabetes Epilepsy Migraine
N 400,055 35,455 22,432 2,555 39,797
Age (mean ± standard deviation) 45.4 ± 20.2 39.5 ± 19.2 62.9 ± 14.7 43 ± 17.7 41.1 ± 16.8
Female Gender (%, 95% CI) 50.7 (50.5-51.0) 58.9% (58.1-59.7) 46.9 (45.9-48.0) 50.9 (47.9-53.8) 71.4 (70.7-72.1)
Marital Status (%, 95% CI)      
   • Married/Common Law 58.4 (58.2-58.6) 50.3% (49.5-51.1) 67.6 (66.7-68.6) 48.0 (45.0-50.9) 59.7 (58.9-60.4)
   • Widowed/Separated/Divorced 11.7 (11.6-11.8) 12.5% (12.0-12.9) 22.6 (21.8-23.4) 13.6 (11.8-15.4) 12.1 (11.6-12.5)
   • Single 29.9 (29.7-30.1) 37.2% (36.4-38.0) 9.8 (9.2-10.3) 38.4 (35.6-41.2) 28.2 (27.6-28.9)
Income Quintiles (household) (%, 95% CI)      
   • Lowest 14.1% (13.9-14.3) 17.6% (17.0-18.2) 26.2% (25.3-27.1) 27.1% (24.4-29.7) 15.6% (15.1-16.1)
   • Low middle 17.2% (17.0-17.4) 17.3% (16.7-18.0) 21.7% (20.8-22.6) 18.4% (15.9-20.8) 16.6% (16.0-17.2)
   • Middle 21.3% (21.1-21.6) 20.5% (19.8-21.2) 18.6% (17.6-19.5) 17.7% (15.0-20.3) 21.2% (20.5-21.9)
   • Upper middle 23.2% (22.9-23.4) 22.0% (21.2-22.7) 13.8% (12.9-14.6) 16.9% (14.3-19.5) 23.3% (22.6-24.0)
   • Highest 24.2% (23.9-24.4) 22.6% (21.9-23.4) 19.7% (18.8-20.6) 20.0% (17.4-22.6) 23.3% (22.6-24.0)
Residence (%, 95% CI)      
   • Urban 81.6% (81.5-81.8) 82.2% (81.7-82.8) 80.1% (79.4-80.8) 80.9% (78.8-83.1) 82.0% (81.5-82.5)
   • Rural 18.4% (18.2-18.5) 17.8% (17.2-18.3) 19.9% (19.2-20.6) 19.1% (16.9-21.2) 18.0% (17.5-18.5)
Highest Level of Education Completed (%, 95% CI)      
   • Did not complete high school 26.6% (26.4-26.9) 32.4% (31.7-33.2) 38.5% (37.5-39.5) 38.4% (35.5-41.3) 24.4% (23.7-25.0)
   • Completed high school 17.3% (17.3-17.5) 15.4% (14.8-16.0) 15.8% (15.0-16.5) 18.5% (16.2-20.8) 17.7% (17.1-18.3)
   • Some post-secondary 8.3% (8.1-8.4) 9.3% (8.8-9.8) 5.9% (5.4-6.4) 8.1% (6.5-9.8) 8.9% (8.4-9.3)
   • Completed post-secondary 47.8% (47.5-48.0) 42.8% (42.0-43.6) 39.8% (38.8-40.9 35.0% (32.1-37.9) 49.1% (48.3-49.9)