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Table 6 Multinominal regression of participants’ beliefs and views about complementary medicines by demographic variables

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

n = 209 OR 95% CI
I only use CM as a last resorta   
Disagree   
Age 18–24 1.60 (0.43-6.0)
  25–34 2.68 (0.58-12.4)
  35–44 1.38 (0.34-5.63)
  45+ 0b
Tertiary Education   
  No 3.26 (0.80-13.3)
  Yes 0b  
Don’t know  
Age 18–24 0.52 (0.16-1.61)
  25–34 2.11 (0.58-7.67)
  35–44 0.91 (0.29-2.83)
  45+ 0b  
Tertiary Education  
  No 1.81 (0.48-6.8)
  Yes 0b  
CMs are not as risky as prescribed medication   
Disagree   
Age 18–24 2.59 (0.84-8.0)
  25–34 0.68 (0.21-2.1)
  35–44 1.05- (0.33-3.35)
  45+ 0b
Tertiary Education   
  No 1.08 (0.37-3.15)
  Yes 0b  
Don’t know  
Age 18–24 1.05 (0.40-2.77)
  25–34 0.61 (0.26-1.43)
  35–44 0.77 (0.31-1.89)
  45+ 0b
Tertiary Education  
  No 1.3 (0.55-3.14)
  Yes 0b  
CMs can cause dangerous side effects   
Disagree   
Age 18–24 1.73 (0.59-5.03)
  25–34 0.81 (0.29-2.24)
  35–44 0.75 (0.26-2.09)
  45+ 0b
Tertiary Education   
  No 0.81 (0.31-2.08)
  Yes 0b  
Don’t know   
Age 18–24 1.70 (0.57-5.04)
  25–34 1.56 (0.60-4.06)
  35–44 1.17 (0.43-3.12)
  45+ 0b  
Tertiary Education  
  No 0.81 (0.21-1.49)
  Yes 0b
Ingredients in CM make them safe to use
Disagree  
Age 18–24 1.72 (0.64-4.6)
  25–34 0.43 (0.17-1.1)
  35–44 0.79 (0.30-2.1)
  45+ 0b
Tertiary Education  
  No 1.28 (0.49-3.38)
  Yes 0b
Don’t know  
Age 18–24 0.74 (0.23-2.37)
  25–34 0.47 (0.17-1.29)
  35–44 1.11 (0.30-2.10)
  45+ 0b
Tertiary Education  
  No 1.99 (0.73-5.41)
  Yes 0b
  1. the reference category is agree.
  2. b this parameter is set to zero because it is redundant.
  3. OR, Odds Ratio, CI, confidence interval; CM complementary medicine.
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