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Table 3 The proportion users and non-users of CAM who agree* with the statements (n = 4032) (significant p-values in bold)

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

Statement CAM user n = 1242% (n/all CAM users) Non-users of CAM n = 2725% (n/all non-users of CAM) Pearson x 2 P
General statements    
Medicines are necessary in treating illnesses. 88 (1088/1236) 88 (2372/2720) 0.470
Prescription medicines are effective. 75 (932/1236) 76 (2072/2723) 0.639
Interactions of medicines worry me. 68 (837/1236) 60 (1635/2722) < 0.001
Prescription medicines are safe. 65 (799/1236) 69 (1872/2723) 0.011
Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are safe. 55 (679/1236) 56 (1524/2723) 0.545
The more you need to use analgesics the less effective they are for pain. 54 (672/1235) 56 (1532/2722) 0.273
OTC medicines are effective. 45 (555/1236) 43 (1167/2722) 0.233
Medicines can disturb the body's own capability to heal illnesses. 43 (533/1236) 39 (1051/2720) 0.008
Medicines are unnatural to the human body. 27 (328/1236) 21 (567/2721) < 0.001
Long-term use of analgesics reduces the pain threshold. 25 (312/1236) 26 (697/2722) 0.808
Medicines are dangerous, even when used according to the instructions. 8 (92/1234) 5 (135/2723) 0.002
Statements connected to child's medicine use    
Medicines that a doctor has prescribed for the child are necessary. 77 (955/1236) 81 (2193/2722) 0.017
Side-effects of children's medicines worry me. 69 (854/1236) 61 (1663/2721) < 0.001
I try to avoid giving medicines to my child. 69 (848/1236) 63 (1709/2723) < 0.001
I take care of my child's minor ailments by using OTC medicines 69 (848/1236) 66 (1798/2721) 0.117
I take my child to see a doctor only when other ways of treatment do not help. 49 (609/1236) 48 (1294/2723) 0.307
Doctors prescribe antibiotics to children too easily. 48 (589/1236) 43 (1157/2721) 0.003
Fewer, a natural means of defense of the child's body, should not be lowered artificially with medicines. 37 (460/1236) 35 (945/2723) 0.126
I try to take care of my child's ailments by some other means than using medicines. 37 (452/1236) 32 (866/2722) 0.003
I usually give less analgesic to the child than is recommended in the instructions. 24 (294/1236) 25 (687/2722) 0.327
The child needs to learn how to bear the pain. 10 (125/1236) 9 (235/2724) 0.132
  1. *agree & totally agree