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Table 2 Selected Characteristics among CAM users (n = 72)

From: Use of selected complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in veterans with cancer or chronic pain: a cross-sectional survey

  N (% of CAM users)
*Modalities (n = 72)  
   Dietary supplements 37 (51.4)
   Massage therapy 22 (30.6)
   Chiropractic care 19 (26.4)
   Herbs 19 (26.4)
   Acupuncture 7 (9.7)
   Homeopathy 3 (4.2)
   Other 4 (5.6)
*Duration of use (n = 61)  
   More than 2 years ago 39 (63.9)
   Within the last 2 years 22 (36.1)
*Satisfaction with treatments (n = 65)  
   Yes 23 (35.4)
   No 17 (26.2)
   Somewhat 25 (38.4)
Use of CAM instead of prescribed treatments (n = 60)  
   Yes 11 (18.3)
   No 49 (81.7)
*Discussed use of CAM with VA provider (n = 64)  
   Yes 57 (89.1)
   No 7 (11.9)
*Money spent on CAM per month (n = 64)  
   Do not spend any money 13 (20.3)
   <$50 19 (29.7)
   $50–$75 7 (10.9)
   $76–100 5 (7.8)
   >$100 14 (21.9)
   Do not know 6 (9.4)
  1. *Percentages are based on actual numbers of persons reporting data for each item