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Table 3 Demographic patterns of users of CAM practitioners in the NSA sample

From: Consultations with complementary and alternative medicine practitioners by older Australians: results from a national survey

Category Number of respondents Percent of NSA members in this category attending a complementary medical practitioner
   Percent 95% confidence interval
All NSA members 1,432 8.8 7.3 10.4
Gender     
Male 641 3.9 2.4 5.4
Female 780 12.1 9.8 14.5
Aged     
50-59 years 175 9.8 5.8 13.7
60-69 years 581 10.1 7.4 12.8
70-79 years 387 7.2 4.7 9.6
80 years or over 216 2.6 0.3 5.0
Employment status     
Employed full-time 158 6.4 2.1 10.7
Employed part-time 180 10.4 5.9 14.9
Retired 957 8.7 7.1 10.3
Home duties 71 7.7 1.0 14.3
Unemployed 8 18.4 −4.9 41.5
Other employment status 37 4.7 −1.8 11.2
Qualifications     
No post-school qualifications 578 6.3 4.2 8.4
Post school qualifications but no degree 491 9.6 7.5 11.7
Degree or higher degree 336 12.8 9.4 16.2
Socio-economic status (SES) of area of residence     
First quintile (lowest SES) 122 6.4 1.8 11.0
Second quintile 194 8.8 4.9 12.7
Third quintile 257 7.2 4.7 9.6
Fourth quintile 362 8.1 5.1 11.2
Fifth quintile (highest SES) 477 10.4 8.1 12.8
Note some groups do not add to 1,432 due to missing values     
Region     
Major Cities 57.8 9.0 7.3 10.8
Inner Regional Areas 27.7 9.3 6.2 12.4
Outer Regional Areas 11.3 7.7 4.6 10.7
Remote Areas 3.2 0.6 −4.2 5.5
General health     
Excellent 8.8 9.6 5.8 13.4
Very good 39.1 9.9 7.7 12.1
Good 35.3 8.5 5.9 11.1
Fair 14.0 5.2 2.3 8.1
Poor 2.8 14.7 5.2 24.3
Number of chronic conditions     
0 15.9 8.9 5.5 12.3
1 27.1 11.4 9.1 13.7
2 25.8 6.2 3.3 9.1
3 14.4 9.6 5.4 13.8
4 8.1 7.4 3.2 11.5
5 or more 8.5 8.6 3.3 14.0