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Table 2 Patient characteristics

From: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as part of primary health care in Germany–comparison of patients consulting general practitioners and CAM practitioners: a cross-sectional study

  GP patients HP patients (n=91) p b
Total (n=476) nCAM-GP (n=253) CAM-GP (n=223)
Age mean (years) 50.1 (SD 18.4) 51.2 (SD 19.3) 48.9 (SD 17.2) 49.7 (SD 15.0) .36
Sex ratio (n, %) F:M 293:183
(61.6:38.4)
140:113
(55.3:44.7)
153:70
(68.6:31.4)
75:16
(82.4:17.6)
<.01
Highest level of education (n; %a)
 Up to secondary modern school or other 148 (31.4) 87 (34.8) 61 (27.5) 15 (16.5) .02
 Junior high school 125 (26.5) 66 (26.4) 59 (26.6) 32 (35.2)
 University-entrance diploma 199 (42.2) 97 (38.8) 102 (45.9) 44 (48.4)
Marital status (n; %a)
 Unmarried 131 (27.7) 63 (25.1) 68 (30.6) 13 (14.3) .01
 Married/in a partnership 241 (51.0) 127 (50.6) 114 (51.4) 62 (68.1)
 Divorced /separated 51 (10.8) 28 (11.2) 23 (10.4) 10 (11.0)
 Widowed 50 (10.6) 33 (13.1) 17 (7.7) 6 (6.6%)
Country of birth (n; %a)
 Germany 391 (82.7) 215 (85.7) 176 (79.3) 84 (92.3) .01
 Other country 82 (17.3) 36 (14.3) 46 (20.7) 7 (7.7)
Language primarily spoken at home (n; %a)
 German 432 889.4) 225 (89.6) 198 (89.2) 88 (96.7) .26
 Other language 25 (5.3) 12 (4.8) 13 (5.9) 2 (2.2)
 No specification possible 25 (5.3) 14 (5.6) 11 (5.0) 1 (1.1)
 Statutory health insurance (n; %a) 426 (89.7) 286 (90.5) 198 (88.8) 66 (72.5) <.01
  1. anumbers do not add up to n=567 due to missing values, bsignificance of difference between the three groups