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Table 1 Demographics of the respondents and the reliability of TKM and Western medicine

From: Changes in attitudes toward and patterns in traditional Korean medicine among the general population in South Korea: a comparison between 2008 and 2011

Characteristics Total no. TKM reliability (%) Western medicine reliability (%)
Trust* Neutral Distrust P-value Trust Neutral Distrust P-value
Gender      0.515     0.373
  (Average)   (66.6) (29.1) (4.3)   (73.4) (23.0) (3.6)  
  Male 499 66.5 28.5 5.0   75.2 21.8 3.0  
  Female 501 66.7 29.7 3.6   71.7 24.2 4.2  
Age (yrs)      0.029     0.419
  20-29 207 61.8 30.9 7.2   69.6 27.1 3.4  
  30-39 237 63.3 33.8 3.0   72.2 24.5 3.4  
  40-49 231 66.7 28.6 4.8   74.0 20.3 5.6  
  50-59 206 75.7 22.3 1.9   77.7 19.9 2.4  
  60-69 119 65.5 29.4 5.0   73.9 23.5 2.5  
Level of education      0.005     0.098
  High school graduate 220 61.4 35.0 3.6   66.8 27.7 5.5  
  College 657 70.2 26.0 3.8   75.6 21.2 3.2  
  College graduate 123 56.9 35.0 8.1   73.2 24.4 2.4  
Region of residence      0.475     0.006
  Seoul 541 68.8 26.6 4.6   75.8 22.0 2.2  
  Daejeon 79 62.0 31.6 6.3   73.4 16.5 10.1  
  Daegu 125 67.2 31.2 1.6   66.4 30.4 3.2  
  Pusan 182 64.8 31.3 3.8   69.2 25.8 4.9  
  Gwangju 73 58.9 35.6 5.5   78.1 17.8 4.1  
TKM reliability      <0.001     <0.001
  Trust 666      85.6 13.7 0.8  
  Neutral 291      52.2 40.5 7.2  
  Distrust 43      27.9 48.8 23.3  
Western medicine reliability      <0.001     <0.001
  Trust 734 77.7 20.7 1.6      
  Neutral 230 39.6 51.3 9.1      
  Distrust 36 13.9 58.3 27.8      
  1. *The percentage of trust was the sum of “strong trust” and “some trust”.
  2. The percentage of distrust was the sum of “no trust” and “little trust”.