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Table 1 Characteristics of patients

From: Patterns and determinants of the use of complementary and alternative medicine: a cross-sectional study of hypertensive patients in Ghana

Variable Frequency Percentage
Sex   
Male 149 37.25
Female 251 62.75
Age   
< 20 1 0.25
20 - 29 12 3.00
30 - 39 20 5.00
40 - 49 71 17.75
50 - 59 130 32.50
60 - 69 105 26.25
≥ 70 61 15.25
Marital status   
Single 39 9.75
Married 254 63.50
Widowed 73 18.25
Divorced/separated 25 6.25
Co-habiting 9 2.25
Education   
No formal 48 12.00
Primary 33 8.25
Secondary 217 54.25
Tertiary 102 25.50
Religious affiliation   
Christian (spiritual) 18 4.50
Christian (Charismatic/Pentecostal) 166 41.50
Christian (Orthodox) 174 43.50
Muslim 20 5.00
African traditional religion 4 1.00
Other 18 4.50
Number of years of having hypertension   
≤ 10 years 318 79.50
11 – 20 years 49 12.25
21 – 30 years 20 5.00
31 – 40 years 12 3.00
41 – 50 years 1 0.25
Medication affordability   
Very affordable 23 5.75
Quite affordable 49 12.25
Somehow affordable 59 14.75
Not so affordable 89 22.25
Unaffordable 180 45.00
Side effects   
Low 159 39.75
Moderate 212 53.00
High 29 7.25
Level of adherence   
Low 323 80.75
Moderate 50 12.50
High 27 6.75
  1. Low and moderate adherence have been combined as poor adherence.