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Table 1 Demographics of older adults who reported use of CAM

From: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by african american (AA) and caucasian american (CA) older adults in a rural setting: a descriptive, comparative study

Demographic Variable Intervals Overall AA n = 40 CA n = 143
*Age 50–59 7 (3.8%) 0 7 (5%)
  60–79 52 (28%) 19 (47.5%) 33 (23%)
  70–79 75 (40%) 19 (47.5%) 55 (38%)
  80 > 52 (28%) 2 (5%) 48 (34%)
Gender Male 45 (24%) 9 (23%) 33 (23%)
  Female 139 (76%) 30 (77%) 109 (77%)
Marital Status Married 78 (42%) 15 (37.5%) 61 (43%)
  Single 107 (58%) 25 (62.5%) 81 (57%)
Socioeconomic Status (SES) $0 – $19,999 95 (51.1%) 28 (72%) 64 (49%)
  $20 – $39,999 64 (34.4%) 10 (25%) 54 (41%)
  $40 – $59,999 8 (4.4%) 0 8 (6%)
  $60,000 and > 6 (3.2%) 1 (3%) 5 (4%)
*Education < 8th grade 16 (8.7%) 8 (21%) 7 (5%)
9 – 12 grade 106 (57.6%) 25 (64%) 79 (55.5%)  
College 57 (30.6%) 5 (13%) 52 (36.5%)  
Graduate School 5 (2.7%) 1 (2%) 4 (3%)  
Out of pocket expenses spent on CAM Under $100.00 84 (48.8%) 22 (55%) 60 (47%)
  $101.00 – $500.00 56 (32.6%) 7 (17.5%) 48 (37%)
  $501.00 – $1,000 17 (9.9%) 5 (12.5%) 12 (9%)
  $1001.00 – $1500 7 (4.1%) 3 (7.5%) 4 (3%)
  $1501.00 – $2000 5 (2.9%) 2 (5%) 3 (2.5%)
  $2000 and more 3 (1.7%) 1 (2.5%) 2 (1.5%)
  1. *Significant difference by race at p = .05