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Table 2 Health behaviours of older women with non-communicable diseases (n=181)

From: Health-seeking behaviours of older black women living with non-communicable diseases in an urban township in South Africa

Variable Number (%)
Access to healthcare:
 Local public clinic 144 (79.6)
 Private clinic 6 (3.3)
 District public hospital 72 (39.8)
 Private hospital 3 (1.7)
 General hospital 35 (19.3)
 Mobile clinic 1 (0.6)
 Traditional practitioner 0 (0.0)
 No one, self-medicates 1 (0.6)
Receives health information:
 Doctor 162 (89.5)
 Nurse 154 (85.1)
 Other health professionals 31 (17.1)
 Programmes/organizations 36 (19.9)
 Books 50 (27.6)
 Internet 10 (5.5)
 TV 96 (53.0)
 Radio 98 (54.1)
 Family 85 (47.0)
 Private health funds 9 (5.0)
Classes of conventional medicines (CM) used/conditions treated with CM:  
 High blood pressure 146 (80.7)
 Pain 78 (43.1)
 Anti-retrovirals 5 (2.8)
 Heart 10 (5.5)
 Diuretics 42 (23.2)
 Allergies 7 (3.9)
 Diabetes 41 (22.7)
 Anti-coagulants 40 (22.1)
 Dietary supplements 15 (8.3)
 Anti-depressants 16 (8.8)
 Epilepsy 1 (0.6)
 Anti-inflammatory agents 13 (7.2)
 Ulcers 3 (1.7)
 Antibiotics 1 (0.6)
 Arthritis 6 (3.3)
 Muscle relaxants 1 (0.6)
 Asthma 16 (8.8)
 Cholesterol 43 (23.8)
Reported traditional herbal medicine use 55 (30.4)