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Table 3 Health behavior of patients

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 p c
Total nCAM-GP CAM-GP
“Do you smoke?” (n; %a)
 No 298 (62.7) 155 (61.5) 143 (64.1) 66 (72.5) <.01
 Former smoker 33 (6.9) 17 (6.7) 16 (7.2) 12 (13.2)
 Occasionally 60 (12.6) 27 (10.7) 33 (14.8) 7 (7.7)
 Yes 84 (17.7) 53 (21.0) 31 (13.9) 6 (6.6)
“How often are you physically active?” (n; %a)
 Never 120 (25.6) 74 (29.5) 46 (21.2) 9 (9.9) <.01
 Once a week or less 163 (34.8) 90 (35.9) 73 (33.6) 37 (40.7)
 Few times a week 172 (36.8) 81 (32.3) 91 (41.9) 41 (45.1)
 Daily 13 (2.8) 6 (2.4) 7 (3.2) 4 (4.4)
“How much attention do you pay to your health?” M (SD)b
  4.3 (1.4) 4.1 (1.4) 4.6 (1.3) 4.7 (1.1) <.01
Consultation of (other) physicians (n; %a)
 Yes 217 (45.7) 101 (39.9) 116 (52.3) 76 (83.5) <.01
 No 258 (54.3) 152 (60.1) 106 (47.7) 15 (16.5)
Consultation of (other) GPs (n; %*)
 Yes 22 (4.6) 10 (4.0) 12 (5.4) 19 (20.9) <.01
 No 453 (95.4) 243 (96.0) 210 (94.6) 72 (79.1)
Consultation of (other) HPs (n; %*)
 Yes 36 (7.6) 13 (5.1) 23 (10.4) 26 (28.6) <.01
 No 439 (92.4) 240 (94.9) 199 (89.6) 65 (71.4)
  1. anumbers do not add up to n=567 due to missing values; b7-point-Likert-scale (0 = “not at all” … 6 = “very much”), csignificance of difference between the three groups