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Table 4 Belief about Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) (N = 216)

From: Prevalence and modes of complementary and alternative medicine use among peasant farmers with musculoskeletal pain in a rural community in South-Western Nigeria

  Agree Undecided Disagree
Item n (%) n (%) n (%)
1. CAM is very good in maintaining a healthy life 188 (87.1) 23 (10.6) 5 (2.3)
2. There are less side effects when taking CAM therapies 160 (74.1) 33 (15.3) 21 (9.7)
3. CAM are healthier than taking conventional drugs 137 (63.4) 42 (19.4) 37 (17.1)
4. CAM use will increase if the government will develop it 188 (87.0) 23 (10.7) 5 (2.3)
5. CAM enhances the body’s own defense mechanism and promotes self-healing 183 (84.8) 26 (12.0) 7 (3.2)
6. The more knowledge about CAM, the more the use 190 (88.0) 23 (10.6) 3 (1.4)
7. Parents should teach their children about CAM 192 (88.9) 21 (9.7) 3 (1.4)
8. The more the friends that use CAM the more likely to use CAM 180 (83.3) 22 (10.2) 14 (6.5)
9. CAM is more effective than orthodox medicine 142 (65.7) 37 (17.1) 7 (3.2)
10. CAM is good for the physical, mental and spiritual health 6 (2.8) 177 (81.9) 33 (15.3)
11. The more the fears for conventional medicine, the more likely to use CAM 104 (48.2) 28 (13.0) 84 (38.9)
12. People who do not have money are likely to use CAM 86 (39.8) 34 (15.7) 96 (44.4)