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Table 1 Frequencies, percentages and Students' agreement with general CAM statements across the three cohorts

From: Attitudes and perceptions of Australian pharmacy students towards Complementary and Alternative Medicine – a pilot study

Statements with which students agreed Total sample (n = 110) f (%)* 2nd year (n = 36) f (%)* 3rd year (n = 34) f (%)* 4th year (n = 40) f (%)* p value^
Clinical care should integrate the best of conventional and CAM practices. 99 (89.2) 33 (91.7) 31 (88.6) 35 (87.5) 0.835
CAM includes ideas and methods from which conventional medicine could benefit. 90 (81.1) 29 (80.6) 25 (71.4) 36 (90.0) 0.122
A number of CAM approaches hold promise for treatment of symptoms, conditions and/or diseases. 94 (85.5) 30 (83.3) 29 (85.3) 35 (87.5) 0.876
Treatment with CMs which are not tested in a scientifically recognised manner should be discouraged 61 (55.0) 20 (55.6) 21 (60) 20 (50) 0.683
Treatment with CTs which are not tested in a scientifically recognised manner should be discouraged 49 (44.1) 13 (36.1) 20 (57.1) 16 (40) 0.164
The results of CMs are in most cases due to a placebo effect. 12 (10.8) 0 (0.0) 11 (31.4) 1 (2.5) < 0.0001
The results of CTs are in most cases due to a placebo effect 10 (9) 1 (2.8) 7 (20.0) 2 (5.0) 0.022
CMs are a threat to public health. 5 (4.5) 0 (0.0) 2 (5.7) 3 (7.5) 0.266
CTs are a threat to public health. 3 (2.7) 0 (0.0) 2 (5.7) 1 (2.5) 0.331
  1. *Students who strongly agree/agree with the statement. ^Pearson Chi-Square
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