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Table 5 Comparative efficacy with herbal remedies with conventional medicine.

From: Perceived efficacy of herbal remedies by users accessing primary healthcare in Trinidad

Demographic factors n Rating of efficacy of Herbal Remedy Compared to Allopathic Medicines (%)
   Less Efficacious Equally Efficacious More Efficacious Non Response
Age Group      
16 – 30 49 0 (0.0) 15 (30.6) 30 (61.2) 4 (8.2)
31 – 45 65 6 (9.2) 22 (33.8) 36 (55.4) 1 (1.5)
46 – 60 73 10 (13.7) 31 (42.5) 31 (42.5) 1 (1.4)
Over 60 76 10 (13.2) 29 (38.2) 34 (44.7) 3 (3.9)
Non Response 2     
   26 (9.8) 97 (36.6) 131 (49.4) 9 (3.4)
   NS
Gender      
Male 71 9 (12.7) 22 (31.0) 40 (56.3) 0 (0.0)
Female 194 17 (8.8) 76 (39.2) 92 (47.4) 9 (4.6)
   26 (9.8) 98 (37.0) 132 (49.8) 9 (3.4)
   NS
Annual Income ($US)      
< 3,999 132 14 (10.6) 42 (31.8) 70 (53.0) 6 (4.6)
4,000 – 9,999 91 10 (11.0) 34 (37.4) 45 (49.5) 2 (2.2)
10,000 – 14,999 13 0 (0.0) 7 (53.9) 5 (38.5) 1 (7.7)
> 15,000 9 1 (11.1) 3 (33.3) 5 (55.6) 0 (0.0)
Non Response 20     
   25 (9.4) 86 (32.5) 125 (47.2) 9 (3.4)
   NS
Years of formal education      
None 19 2 (10.5) 8 (42.1) 9 (47.4) 0 (0.0)
≤ 7 years 121 16 (13.2) 45 (37.2) 56 (46.3) 4 (3.3)
> 7 years ≤ 12 years 94 5 (5.3) 33 (35.1) 53 (56.4) 3 (3.2)
> 12 years 25 3 (12.0) 10 (40.0) 10 (40.0) 2 (8.0)
Non Response 6     
   26 (9.8) 96 (36.2) 128 (48.3) 9 (3.4)
   NS
Ethnicity      
African 69 5 (7.3) 23 (33.3) 38 (55.1) 3 (4.4)
Asian Indian 120 18 (15.0) 46 (38.3) 53 (44.2) 3 (2.5)
Mixed 74 3 (4.1) 27 (36.5) 41 (55.4) 3 (4.1)
Other 1 0 (0.0) 1 (100.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Non Response 1     
   26 (9.8) 97 (36.6) 132 (49.8) 9 (3.4)
   NS
  1. * NS- not a significant predictor variable in stepwise regression model
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