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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population and CAM use by these characteristics of the respondents

From: The use of complementary and alternative medicine products in preceding two days among Finnish parents - a population survey

Characteristic No. (% of the responses, n = 4032) CAM use (% of the respondents, n = 1242) CAM non users (% of the respondents, n = 2720) Pearson x 2 P
Age, years     p < 0.001
   Under 30 686 (17.2) 165 (24.4) 510 (75.6)  
   30-39 2126 (53.4) 684 (32.5) 1418 (67.5)  
   40 and over 1172 (29.4) 380 (33.0) 772 (67.0)  
Gender     p < 0.001
   Male 177 (94.8) 26 (14.9) 148 (85.1)  
   Female 3830 (4.4) 1205 (32.1) 2552 (67.9)  
Prescribed medicine use     p < 0.001
   No prescribed medicine use 2409 (60.2) 680 (29) 1706 (71.5)  
   One or more prescribed medicines 1591 (39.8) 558 (36) 1007 (64.3)  
OTC medicine use     p = 0.027
   No OTC medicine use 3078 (77.5) 927 (30.4) 2120 (69.6)  
   One or more OTC medicines (vitamins not included) 893 (22.5) 302 (34.4) 577 (65.6)  
Education     p < 0.001
   Junior high school or less (≤ 9 years) 252 (6.3) 54 (22.0) 191 (78.0)  
   Senior high school/vocational school (11-13 years) 2456 (61.4) 740 (30.6) 1679 (69.4)  
   Polytechnic, college or university degree (≥ 15 years) 1291 (32.3) 441 (34.5) 839 (65.5)  
Working status     p = 0.788
   Working or studying 2698 (67.3) 826 (31.0) 1835 (69.0)  
   Home with children 1119 (27.9) 355 (32.2) 748 (67.8)  
   Not working (including persons on sick leave, retired, and unemployed) 194 (4.8) 60 (31.3) 132 (68.8)  
Monthly net income of the household in euros     p = 0.009
   ≤ 1999 € 797 (20.7) 214 (27.3) 569 (72.7)  
   € 2000-2999 1292 (33.5) 401 (31.5) 874 (68.5)  
   € 3000-3999 1419 (36.8) 481 (34.3) 923 (65.7)  
   € 4000-10000 347 (9.0) 103 (30.3) 237 (69.7)