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Table 6 Prevalence of CAM use across variables of interest

From: Self-medication with over-the-counter drugs and complementary medications in South Australia's elderly population

  1992-1993 1994-1995 2000-2001 2003-2004
  Wave 1 N = 180 Wave 3 N = 241 Wave 6 N = 71 Wave 7 N = 173
Variable N % N % N % N %
Age (years)         
   65-79 122 10.0 152 17.0 27 12.5 17 36.2
   80+ 58 6.7 89 11.3 44 7.7 101 23.0
P value 0.009 0.001 0.034 0.044
Gender         
   Female 102 9.9 142 16.6 53 11.6 81 26.7
   Male 78 7.4 99 12.0 18 5.4 37 20.1
P value 0.041 0.007 0.002 0.098
Education
(Age when left school)
        
   <14 years 30 8.9 39 14.9 10 9.5 16 24.6
   ≥ 14 years 149 8.6 200 14.3 61 8.9 102 24.3
P value 0.862 0.803 0.840 0.954
Tertiary education         
   Yes 63 9.0 92 16.1 27 9.7 56 31.6
   No 116 8.5 149 13.6 44 8.6 62 20.1
P value 0.694 0.161 0.600 0.004
Income Level         
   <$12,000 52 7.6 82 14.7 18 10.9 33 28.4
   $12,000 - $30,000 101 9.3 120 16.7 29 9.3 34 23.3
   >$30,000 12 7.5 13 14.4 10 14.9 12 18.8
P value 0.385 0.581 0.385 0.326
Self-rated health         
   Excellent 16 8.4 17 13.2 12 18.8 7 43.8
   Very Good 58 9.7 64 15.6 17 9.4 24 28.2
   Good 56 8.8 90 16.9 23 10.3 43 25.1
   Fair 38 8.0 53 13.2 11 7.5 23 20.4
   Poor 12 6.6 11 10.4 5 13.5 6 20.0
P value 0.722 0.312 0.152 0.268
  1. The percentages are calculated over the total number of participants in each category of the variable of interest