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Table 5 Survey participants’ beliefs and views about complementary medicines

From: A survey describing the use of complementary therapies and medicines by women attending a family planning clinic

n = 209 Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree Don’t know
n % 95% CI n % 95% CI n % 95% CI n % 95% CI n % 95% CI
I only use                
CM as a last resort 42 20.1 14.8-26.1 84 40.1 33.4-47.1 25 11.9 7.8-17.1 2 0.9 0.12-3.4 45 21.5 16.1-27.7
CMs are not as risky as prescribed medication 11 5.2 2.6-9.2 62 29.6 23.5-36.3 67 32.0 25.7-38.8 17 8.1 4.8-12.7 37 17.7 12.7-23.5
CMs can cause dangerous side effects 19 9.0 5.5-13.8 60 28.7 22.6-35.3 45 21.3 16.1-27.7 9 4.3 1.9-8.0 61 29.1 23.1-35.8
Ingredients in CM make them safe to use 11 5.2 2.6-9.2 40 19.1 14.0-25.1 68 32.5 26.2-39.3 7 3.3 1.3-6.7 69 33.0 26.6-39.8
  1. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.