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Table 3 Reasons Given by Women for Informing or Not Informing Doctors of Herbal Medicine Use

From: Herbal medicine: women's views, knowledge and interaction with doctors: a qualitative study

Do not inform doctors of herbal use (15) Inform doctors of herbal use (3)
Doctor does not ask (12)
Does not seem important (5)
Belief that taking herbal and prescribed medicine together is harmless especially if for different problems (5)
Past negative attitudes when informed (4)
Fear of response, being treated differently (3)
Doctors not interested or have no knowledge of herbs (2)
Doctor open minded (2)
Good relationship with doctor (1)
Feel it is important to inform as they do not want to mix drugs (1)
  1. Numbered in order of frequency mentioned by the women.