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Table 3 Other factors associated with referral to a naturopath by rural and regional GPs in New South Wales, Australia (n = 585)

From: The interface with naturopathy in rural primary health care: a survey of referral practices of general practitioners in rural and regional New South Wales, Australia

  Referral to naturopathy  
Factors Weekly or monthly Seldom or never p-value
  % %  
Level of knowledge
  Excellent 13.6 3.3 <0.001
Very Good 15.6 6.0  
Satisfactory 39.6 28.8  
Poor 31.2 49.4  
Very Poor 0.0 12.5  
Patients asked about CAM
  <10% 25.3 39.0 <0.001
11-25% 29.9 46.9  
26-50% 11.7 7.0  
>50% 33.1 7.2  
Personal use
  Regularly 40.3 3.0 <0.001
Often 17.5 17.9  
Once/Rarely 21.4 34.1  
Never, but would consider 14.9 12.3  
Never, and would not consider 5.8 31.1  
Access to medical specialists is a problem
  Yes 5.8 1.6 0.010
No 94.2 98.4  
Patient request for referral
  Yes 59.7 55.2 0.332
No 40.3 44.8  
Lack of other options
  Yes 20.1 8.1 <0.001
No 79.9 91.9  
Positive results previously
  Yes 75.3 39.0 <0.001
No 24.7 61.0  
Information from CAM practitioner?
  Yes 37.0 13.2 <0.001
No 63.0 86.8  
Information from patients?
  Yes 46.1 47.6 0.755
  No 53.9 52.4  
Belief in efficacy
  Yes 68.8 17.4 <0.001
No 31.2 82.6  
Interested in increasing CAM knowledge?
  Yes 73.4 48.8 <0.001
No 26.6 51.2  
Have prescribed CAM to patients
  Yes 85.7 67.0 <0.001
No 14.3 33.0  
Comfort level
  Comfortable in general 31.8 2.6 <0.001
  Only in specific circumstances 45.3 10.9  
  Only if I knew them in person 18.2 21.6  
  I would not refer 4.7 65.0