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Table 5 Back pain status and SF-36 dimensions of health status 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

SF-36 Dimensions of health status 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)
  mean mean mean mean mean mean mean mean
General health 2 3 4 78.7 78.8 75.2 78.8 70.4 72.9 54.5 58.2
Physical functioning 3 4 87.2 87.3 85.1 86.7 80.1 82.2 60.2 66.0
Bodily pain 1 82.1 77.8 77.0 76.4 67.2 66.1 43.3 44.9
Role physical 1 87.5 83.5 84.5 82.9 76.3 76.8 47.8 51.4
Role emotional 89.8 87.5 86.8 85.9 82.9 84.8 68.6 71.2
Mental health 1 81.2 78.9 78.5 79.3 75.2 76.3 66.1 68.1
Social functioning 89.3 87.2 87.8 87.5 84.2 84.3 68.2 70.9
Vitality 1 4 69.1 66.6 65.1 65.9 59.2 60.1 43.9 46.6
  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).