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Table 2 Rating of conventional health care providers by CAM user status (consulted with a CAM practitioner or not)

From: The urban-rural divide in complementary and alternative medicine use: a longitudinal study of 10,638 women

  Urban Rural Remote
Level of Satisfaction (1 = excellent ... 5 = poor) CAM
non-user
CAM
user
CAM
non-user
CAM
user
CAM
non-user
CAM
user
  (n = 2,960) (n = 1,157) (n = 4,011) (n = 1,866) (n = 308) (n = 131)
  mean SD mean SD mean SD mean SD mean SD mean SD
Access to a medical specialist if needed 1 1.93 0.95 2.02 1.03 2.50 1.15 2.48 1.13 3.11 1.28 3.14 1.31
Access to a female GP 2.24 1.22 2.30 1.25 2.76 1.37 2.74 1.35 3.39 1.40 3.44 1.39
Hours when a GP is available ■ 1 2.65 1.10 2.80 1.09 2.90 1.14 2.97 1.14 3.22 1.12 3.34 1.20
Number of GPs you have to choose from ■ 1 2.50 1.13 2.62 1.14 2.94 1.25 2.97 1.23 3.67 1.22 3.67 1.27
Ease of seeing GP of your choice ■ 1 2.58 1.18 2.75 1.19 2.97 1.27 3.04 1.26 3.32 1.31 3.50 1.32
How long you wait to get a GP appointment ■ 1 2.74 1.14 2.87 1.13 3.12 1.20 3.18 1.19 3.35 1.21 3.54 1.12
The outcomes of your medical care ■ 1 2
(how much you are helped)
2.27 0.96 2.41 0.99 2.45 0.98 2.54 0.99 2.67 0.96 2.81 1.03
  1. Note: Student t-tests used to test for statistically significant differences.
  2. Statistically significant association for CAM user status (i.e. ignoring place of residence) (P < .005)
  3. 1 Statistically significant association for urban residents (P < .005)
  4. 2 Statistically significant association for rural residents (P < .005)
  5. 3 Statistically significant association for remote residents (P < .05)