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Table 1 Sociodemographic and disease-related characteristics of the study population.

From: Use of complementary and alternative medicine in Germany – a survey of patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Characteristics All Patients CAM user CAM non-user P value #
  (n = 413) (n = 215) (n = 198)  
Sex (%)     
   Male 38 39 37 ns
   Female 62 61 63 ns
Age (%)     
   ≤20 6 5 8 ns
   21–40 56 56 56 ns
   41–60 32 33 30 ns
   ≥61 6 6 5 ns
Diagnosis (%)     
   Crohn's Disease 61 58 65 ns
   Ulcerative Colitis 39 42 35 ns
Location (% of location)     
   Erlangen 50 55 45 ns
   Aachen 21 53 47 ns
   Tuebingen 28 49 51 ns
Duration of disease (median) 14.0 15 13 ns
Previous hospitalisation (%) 80 82 77 ns
Previous surgery (%) 39 36 41 ns
Current Medication (%)     
   SASP or 5-ASA 64 54 72 ns
   Corticosteroids 36 32 40 ns
   Immunosuppressive 17 17 16 ns
Patient satisfaction with current therapy (%)     
   satisfied 45 43 48 ns
   neutral 31 30 32 ns
   dissatisfied 19 17 20 ns
Side effects of conventional medication (%) 55 58 52 ns
Members of DCCV (%)* 48 47 48 ns
Academic education (%)* 23 22 24 ns
  1. If not stated otherwise, all values are percentages of CAM users and CAM non-users resp.
  2. # p value for the comparison of CAM users and non-users
  3. *This item was missing for Erlangen patients.
  4. For some items the numbers may not add up to the total number because of missing responses