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Table 4 Back pain status and rating of 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

  Did not have back pain Had back pain - rarely Had back pain - sometimes Had back pain - often
Level of Satisfaction (1 = excellent, … , 5 = poor) 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)
  mean mean mean mean mean mean mean mean
Access to a medical specialist if needed 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.5 2.4
Access to a female GP 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.5 2.7 2.6 2.7 2.7
Hours when a GP is available 4 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.8 3.0
Number of GPs you have to choose from 2.7 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.9
Ease of seeing GP of your choice 4 2.7 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.8 3.0
How long you wait to get a GP appointment 4 2.9 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.2
The outcomes of your medical care (how much you are helped) 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.6
  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).