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Table 3 Back pain status and consultations with conventional health care providers by CAM user status (consulted with a CAM practitioner or not)

From: Use of complementary and alternative medicine by mid-age women with back pain: a national cross-sectional survey

Consultations Did not have back pain Had back pain – rarely Had back pain – sometimes Had back pain – often
  CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user
  (n = 1,682) (n = 758) (n = 1,419) (n = 842) (n = 1,950) (n = 1,774) (n = 970) (n = 1,070)
  % % % % % % % %
GP 1 0 10 7 7 7 6 5 2 3
  1-2 42 35 40 40 35 33 20 19
  3-4 28 32 30 30 30 31 29 27
  5+ 19 26 23 23 29 31 49 51
Specialist Doctor 1 0 61 55 59 55 54 50 45 39
  1-2 28 31 29 33 31 34 32 35
  3+ 11 14 12 12 15 16 23 26
Hospital Doctor no 87 84 85 84 82 80 73 75
  yes 13 16 15 16 18 20 27 25
Physiotherapist 1 2 3 4 no 89 80 86 80 82 73 72 62
  yes 11 20 14 20 18 27 28 38
  1. 1 statistically significant association for women who did not have back pain (p <.005).
  2. 2 statistically significant association for women who had back pain, rarely (p <.005).
  3. 3 statistically significant association for women who had back pain, sometimes (p <.005).
  4. 4 statistically significant association for women who had back pain, often (p <.005).