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Table 4 Selected survey questions on CAM-related beliefs and health services by CAM publicly accepted in the country of origin a

From: The utilisation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among ethnic minorities in South Korea

Variables   Total number of respondents N (%) No n (%) Yes n (%) p-value
   292 (100.0) 81 (100.0) 211 (100.0)  
Of the following choices, which do you think is most effective for health promotion and self-management purposes? Conventional medicine 67 (22.9) 19 (23.5) 48 (22.7) 0.079
CAM 43 (14.7) 5 (6.2) 38 (18.0)
CAM + Conventional medicine 117 (40.1) 36 (44.4) 81 (38.4)
Don’t know 65 (22.3) 21 (25.9) 44 (20.9)
Do you trust CAM for the treatment of diseases? Strongly distrust 12 (4.1) 4 (4.9) 8 (3.8) 0.198
Distrust 36 (12.3) 14 (17.3) 22 (10.4)
Neutral 175 (59.9) 45 (55.6) 130 (61.6)
Trust 55 (18.8) 17 (21) 38 (18.0)
Strongly trust 14 (4.8) 1 (1.2) 13 (6.2)
Do you agree that CAM has made contributions toward advancing medical treatment? Strongly disagree 17 (5.8) 10 (12.3) 7 (3.3) 0.026
Disagree 36 (12.3) 12 (14.8) 24 (11.4)
Neutral 157 (53.8) 39 (48.1) 118 (55.9)
Agree 72 (24.7) 19 (23.5) 53 (25.1)
Strongly agree 10 (3.4) 1 (1.2) 9 (4.3)
Do you feel that CAM treatments are safe? Strongly disagree 14 (4.8) 7 (8.6) 7 (3.3) 0.275
Disagree 36 (12.3) 12 (14.8) 24 (11.4)
Neutral 156 (53.4) 40 (49.4) 116 (55.0)
Agree 74 (25.3) 20 (24.7) 54 (25.6)
Strongly agree 12 (4.1) 2 (2.5) 10 (4.7)
When you receive medical care, do you agree that doctors should be informed about your use of CAM? Strongly disagree 17 (5.8) 9 (11.1) 8 (3.8) <0.001
Disagree 44 (15.1) 17 (21) 27 (12.8)
Neutral 100 (34.2) 34 (42) 66 (31.3)
Agree 97 (33.2) 19 (23.5) 78 (37.0)
Strongly agree 34 (11.6) 2 (2.5) 32 (15.2)
When you receive medical care, do you agree that doctors need to have basic understanding of traditional medicine from your home country? Strongly disagree 18 (6.2) 5 (6.2) 13 (6.2) <0.001
Disagree 32 (11) 19 (23.5) 13 (6.2)
Neutral 89 (30.5) 28 (34.6) 61 (28.9)
Agree 119 (40.8) 23 (28.4) 96 (45.5)
  Strongly agree 34 (11.6) 6 (7.4) 28 (13.3)  
  1. Note. aRespondents from countries that receive public support for traditional medicine (i.e., China, Japan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia) were compared with the rest.