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Table 1 Areas of Advice Received and Given and Their Update

From: The potential of complementary and alternative medicine in promoting well-being and critical health literacy: a prospective, observational study of shiatsu

  Austria Spain UK
Advice Received by Clients (1) (% yes)    
Advice or Recommendation given 76 76 74
Advice given in the following areas:    
- Exercise 65 48 48
- Diet 49 30 42
- Posture or how to use your body 27 51 29
- Points or meridians to work on at home 29 26 26
- Other 34 20 24
Areas of Advice Given by Practitioners (2) (% yes)    
Exercise 94 100 96
Diet 87 83 96
Lifestyle habits 84 83 96
Posture or how to use your body 81 78 77
Points or meridians to work on at home 74 72 92
Recommend to consult another practitioner 65 89 85
Other 32 17 35
Client Uptake of Advice (3)    
Made lifestyle changes 'as a result of having shiatsu treatment' (% yes) 77 80 80
- Rest and relaxation (% take more) 75 80 54
- Exercise (% take more) 64 53 43
- Diet (% changed) 58 45 56
- Work (% reduce) 32 15 19
- Other (% yes) 33 48 40
  1. Key: These data draw on three sources: (1) baseline client questionnaire; (2) practitioner questionnaire; and (3) six month follow-up client questionnaire