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Table 4 Characteristics of visits to naturopathic physicians in Connecticut (1999) and Washington (1998)

From: Practice patterns of naturopathic physicians: results from a random survey of licensed practitioners in two US States

  Connecticut (n = 631 visits) % Washington (n = 1186 visits) %
Gender   
   female 76 74
Age   
   Median 43 years 42 years
   0–15 years 12.8 10.9
   16–34 years 16.4 20.9
   35–64 years 63.0 58.5
   65 years+ 7.8 9.7
Race   
   White 97 96
Smoking status:   
   non-smokers 95 94
Type of major problema   
   Acute problem 22 23
   Chronic problem, routine 53 56
   Chronic problem, flare up 20 18
   Pre/post-surgery/injury 1 1
   Non-illness care 5 6
Primary reason for visitb   
   Fatigue 6.1 6.0
   Headache 4.4 3.8
   Back symptoms 4.4 6.5
   Skin rashes 4.2 2.5
   Menopausal symptoms 3.7 2.0
   Bowel function changes 3.5 2.0
   Anxiety or Depression 3.2 5.1
   Allergies to food, milk 3.0 3.6
   Sinus symptoms 2.8 <2
   Upper respiratory symptoms 2.6 <2
   Cough 2.4 <2
   Neck symptoms 2.3 3.3
   Infectious disease 2.2 <2
   Ear infection symptoms 2.2 <2
   Abdominal pain/cramps 2.2 2.7
   Menstrual problems <2 2.1
Diagnosis by naturopathic physicianc   
   Menopausal disorders 4.9 3.1
   Allergies 4.6 6.3
   Back conditions 3.5 5.8
   Fibromyalgia 3.0 2.0
   Sinusitis 2.9 <2
   Fatigue 2.4 2.7
   Headache 2.2 3.1
   Upper respiratory infections 2.0 <2
   Neck conditions <2 3.3
   Depression <2 2.6
   Asthma <2 2.2
   Anxiety <2 2.1
   Dermatitis <2 2.0
New patients 22 22
Payment   
   Private insurance 60 43
   Worker's compensation 0 3
   Personal injury 0 3
   Self-pay 37 48
   Other 3 3
  1. a Because 3% to 4% indicated multiple reasons, total percentages exceed 100%
  2. b Patient report; only reporting reasons totaling 2% or more of visits
  3. c Based on ICD 9 criteria; only reporting diagnoses totaling 2% or more of visits