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Table 3 Prevalence and characteristics of CAM use in the study population (n = 180)

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use and its association with quality of life among Lebanese breast cancer patients: a cross-sectional study

Prevalence of CAM use n (%)
 Used CAM since diagnosis  
  No 107(59.4)
  Yes 73(40.6)
CAM related characteristics among CAM users (n = 73)  
CAM choicea  
  Media 20 (27.4)
  Family beliefs 20 (27.4)
  Personal choice 18 (24.7)
  Friends 8 (11.0)
  Health care practitioner 3 (4.1)
  Healthy food shop salesman 2 (2.7)
  Alternative medicine therapist 2 (2.7)
Reasons of CAM usea  
  Belief in advantages of CAM 67 (91.2)
  Managing cancer complications and slowing its progression 56 (76.7)
  Reduce side effects of conventional therapy 25 (34.2)
  To feel more control over health 23 (31.5)
  Family tradition/culture 22 (30.1)
  Strengthen immunity 18 (24.6)
  Provides energy 11 (15.1)
  Provides hope/prayer 10 (13.7)
  Relief from sorcery and spell 5 (6.6)
  Disappointment from conventional therapy 3 (4.1)
  Curiosity 3 (4.1)
How do you assess the usefulness of CAM  
  Not at all 5 (6.8)
  Some 43 (58.9)
  A lot, very satisfied 22 (30.1)
  You can’t tell 3 (4.1)
Side effects from CAM  
  No 65 (90.3)
  Yes 7 (9.7)
Would you use CAM again?  
  No 4 (5.6)
  Yes 53 (73.6)
  Undecided 15 (20.8)
CAM related characteristics among non-users (n = 107)  
Reasons for not using CAMa  
  Lack of belief in the benefits of CAM 36 (33.6)
  Afraid of side effect 30 (28.0)
  The doctor didn’t prescribe CAM 21 (19.6)
  Never heard of CAM 11 (10.3)
  Additional burden 9 (8.4)
Would you consider using CAM in the future  
  No 91 (85.8)
  Yes 15 (14.2)
  1. aMore than one answer was applicable