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Table 1 Characteristics of respondents: users and non-users of CAM

From: Self-care and adherence to medication: a survey in the hypertension outpatient clinic

  Total (100%) n = 153 CAM users (43.8%) n = 67 Non-CAM users (56.2%) n = 86
Mean age, years (SD) 57.3 (16.0) 55.9 (15.7) 58.4 (16.3)
Age < 60 years 79 (51.6) 39 (58.2) 40 (46.5)
Gender    
   males 82 (53.6) 34 (50.7) 48 (57.0)
   females 71 (46.4) 33 (49.3) 38 (44.2)
Marital Status    
   Single 31 (20.3) 14 (20.8) 17 (19.8)
   Married/co-habiting 89 (58.2) 34 (50.7) 55 (64.0)
   Divorced/separated 15 (9.8) 11 (16.4) 4 (4.7)
   Widowed 17 (11.1) 7 (10.4) 10 (11.6)
Mean years in Education (SD) 12.25 (4.5) 12.20 (4.0) 12.28 (4.9)
Ethnicity (%)    
   White British 90 (59.2) 33 (49.3) 57 (66.3)
   White Irish 7 (4.6) 6 (9.0) 1 (1.7)
   Asian/Asian British Indian 18 (11.8) 10 (14.9) 8 (9.3)
   Asian/Asian British Pakistani 9 (5.9) 3 (4.5) 6 (7.0)
   Black/Black British Caribbean 19 (12.5) 12 (17.9) 7 (8.1)
   Other1 9 (6.1) 2 (3.0) 7 (8.1)
Co morbidity    
   Poor circulation in legs 41 (26.8) 21 (31.3) 20 (23.3)
   Diabetes 24 (15.7) 11 (16.4) 13 (15.1)
   Stroke 16 (10.5) 8 (11.9) 8 (9.3)
   Angina 20 (13.1) 11 (16.4) 9 (10.5)
   Heart valve problems 12 (7.8) 10 (14.9) 2 (2.3)
   Heart attack 8 (5.2) 4 (8.0) 4 (4.7)
   Atrial fibrillation 7 (4.6) 2 (3.0) 5 (5.8)
   Renal complications 7 (4.6) 6 (9.0) 1 (1.2)
   Asthma 6 (3.9) 2 (3.0) 4 (4.7)
   Arthritis/musculoskeletal 13 (8.5) 8 (11.9) 5 (5.8)
Hypertension    
   Mean duration of hypertension diagnosis, years 10.1 (SD = 10.2) 9.2 (SD = 7.8) 10.9 (SD = 11.9)
   Hypertensives diagnosed within last year (%) 17 (11.1) 7 (10.4) 10 (11.6)
  1. 1Other ethnicity: White other (n = 3); Asian/Asian British Bangladeshi (n = 1); Asian/Asian British other (n = 1); Black/Black British African (n = 3); Mixed (n = 1).