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Table 3 Reasons for CAM usage

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use amongst patients with cardiovascular disease in Singapore

  CAM users (n = 333)
External influences 260 (78.1 %)
 Family/friends recommendation 208 (62.5 %)
 Doctor’s recommendation 67 (20.1 %)
 Media influence 28 (8.4 %)
Internal influences 159 (47.8 %)
 Poor results from Western medicine 22 (6.6 %)
 CAM is cheaper 25 (7.5 %)
 CAM works better 34 (10.2 %)
 CAM has less side effects 21 (36.3 %)
Others 22 (6.6 %)
  1. Percentages are reported for categorical data