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Table 4 Maternal attitudes toward CAM use - 2006 vs. 2013

From: Complementary and Alternative Medicine use in women during pregnancy: do their healthcare providers know?

Question about CAM use Strongly agree/agree Strongly disagree/disagree No opinion
  2013 2006 2013 2006 2013 2006
Reasons for CAM use:       
Used CAM previously 60.1% 66.0% 16.5% 14.0% 23.4% 21.0%
Felt would improve health and experience 74.2% 73.0% 7.6% 7.0% 18.2% 20.0%
Felt would be beneficial to baby 69.3% 63.0% 10.0% 8.0% 20.7% 28.0%
Unhappy with traditional western medical care 10.3% 1.0% 69.2% 80.0% 21.4% 18.0%
Comfortable/happy using traditional western medicine alone during pregnancy and did not ask about or use CAM therapy 40.0% * 27.0% * 32.9% *
Chose not to use CAM because did not know about CAM treatments 40.6% * 39.7% * 19.6% *
Obstetrical provider and CAM use:     
Comfortable asking Obstetrical provider about CAM used during pregnancy 64.6% 72.0% 11.8% 4.0% 23.6% 24.0%
Comfortable informing Obstetrical Provider about CAM used during pregnancy 69.6% 78.0% 9.7% 7.0% 20.7% 24.0%
Chose not to use CAM during this pregnancy because uncomfortable asking obstetrical care team 3.6% * 67.2% * 29.3% *
Perception of the benefit and harm of CAM:    
CAM used during pregnancy was beneficial/helpful 79.8% 89.0% 5.5% 1.0% 14.7% 10.0%
CAM used during pregnancy was harmful 4.3% 5.0% 80.3% 86.0% 15.4% 9.0%
  1. Only CAM used because the participants “were unhappy with traditional western medical care” was significantly different between the two years (p < 0.05).
  2. *Data was not collected in 2006.