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Table 3 Reasons for HDS use and information sources (n=189)

From: Prevalence of herbal and dietary supplement usage in Thai outpatients with chronic kidney disease: a cross-sectional survey

  Frequency Percentage
Reasons (n=317)*   
  Family/friend’s recommendation 111 35.0
  HDS will work 71 22.4
  Willing to try anything that helps 61 19.2
  Prefer to use HDS 34 10.7
  Health care provider’s recommendation 21 6.6
  Safer than conventional medicines 9 2.8
  Easy access 5 1.6
  Recommended by traditional practitioners or HDS sellers 2 0.7
  Experienced adverse effects from conventional medicines 2 0.7
  Recommended by other patients with CKD 1 0.3
Information sources (n=222)*   
  Family and friends 115 51.8
  TV, radio or internet 50 22.5
  Health care providers 12 5.4
  Books or newspapers 12 5.4
  Traditional practitioners 8 3.6
  HDS companies 7 3.1
  Leaflets from HDS companies 7 3.1
  Own knowledge of HDS 7 3.1
  Other patients with CKD 2 1.0
  Scientific evidence 2 1.0
  1. * Respondents reported more than one reason and more than one information source, so these total more than 189.