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Table 2 Patterns of herbal compared to conventional medicinal product use

From: Use of herbal medicinal products among children and adolescents in Germany

  Herbal medicinal products Conventional medicinal products P*
  n % 95% CIs n % 95% CIs
Total number of drugs 1,152 100 - 10,433 100 -
Origin
Prescribed by doctors 510 44.5 41.65-47.39 7012 67.7 66.8-68.6 .000
Bought OTC 425 37.1 34.34-39.92 2077 20.1 19.3-20.8  
Obtained from other sources 211 18.4 16.28-20.77 1264 12.2 11.6-12.9  
Missing 6    80    
Duration of use
<1 week 882 77.0 74.4-79.3 5114 49.8 48.8-50.8 .000
1-4 weeks 221 19.3 17.1-21.7 1409 13.7 13.1-14.4  
1-12 months 25 2.2 1.5-3.2 2022 19.7 18.9-20.5  
1 year or longer 18 1.6 1.0-2.5 1724 16.8 16.1-17.5  
Missing 6    164    
Self-rated improvement of conditions treated
Greatly 505 46.8 43.9-49.8 3841 55.9 54.7-57.0 .000
Partly 457 42.4 39.5-45.4 2426 35.3 34.1-36.4  
Not much 80 7.4 6.0-9.2 427 6.2 5.7-6.8  
Not at all 36 3.3 2.4-4.6 181 2.6 2.3-3.0  
Doesn’t apply** 39    3199    
Missing 35    359    
Tolerance of drug use
Very good/good 1,130 98.9 98.1-99.4 10182 98.4 98.2-98.6 .163
Partly/not tolerated 12 1.1 0.6-1.9 164 1.6 1.4-1.8  
Missing 10    87    
  1. *P-value: chi-square test for differences in proportions between herbal and conventional medicinal products.
  2. **Drugs were used e. g. as a preventive measure, for contraception, or diagnosis was unknown.
  3. Data source: German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS) 2003–2006.