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Table 3 Characteristics of the participants (n = 606)a

From: Complementary and conventional providers in cancer care: experience of communication with patients and steps to improve communication with other providers

  Total Medical doctor (n = 152) Nurse (n = 91) Conventional health care provider with dual training (n = 47) Complementary therapist (n = 316) p-value
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
Age, years 0.003b
 Mean age 439 (48.2) 133 (45.5) 52 (50.4) 28 (50.7) 226 (48.9)  
Level of education <0.0001d
 Compulsory 2 (0.4)   (0.0)   (0.0)   (0.0) 2 (0.8)  
 Middle level 45 (9.6)   (0.0)   (0.0)   (0.0) 45 (18.5)  
 University up to 4 years 143 (30.4)   (0.0) 28 (50.0) 14 (45.2) 101 (41.6)  
 University more than 4 years/PhD 280 (59.6) 140 (100) 28 (50.0) 17 (54.8) 95 (39.1)  
Professiona  
 Oncology doctor 32 (16.2) 32 (100)        
 Family physician 124 (59.6) 121 (97.6)    3 (2.4)    
 Nurse 118 (41.5)    91 (100) 27 (93.1)    
 Conventional health care provider with dual training 1 (0.6)      1 (100)    
 Acupuncturist 212 (57.5)   (0.0)   (0.0) 38 (17.9) 174 (82.0)  
 Massage therapist 128 (46.7)   (0.0)   (0.0) 9 (75.0) 119 (73.0)  
 Reflexologist/zonetherapist 42 (22.5)   (80.0)   (0.0) 3 (7.1) 36 (92.8)  
Clinical practice <0.0001d
 Full time health provider 287 (71.9) 121 (89.0) 38 (77.6) 18 (72.0) 110 (58.2)  
 Part time health provider 92 (23.1) 11 (8.1) 10 (20.4) 5 (20.0) 66 (34.9)  
 Other (students or retired persons) 20 (5.0) 4 (2.9) 1 (2.0) 2 (8.0) 13 (6.9)  
Patient visits per week <0.0001c
 1–19 patients 132 (33.9) 11 (8.3) 27 (57.4) 4 (16.0) 90 (48.6)  
 20–39 patients 121 (31.1) 28 (21.2) 17 (36.2) 5 (20.0) 71 (38.4)  
 40 or more patients 136 (35.0) 93 (70.5) 3 (6.4) 16 (64.0) 24 (13.0)  
Cancer patient visits per week <0.0001d
 1–19 cancer patients 362 (92.1) 126 (92.6) 31 (64.6) 23 (92.0) 182 (98.9)  
 20 and more patients 31 (7.9) 10 (7.4) 17 (35.4) 2 (8.0) 2 (1.1)  
Location 0.004c
 Rural area 119 (29.9) 57 (41.9) 7 (14.6) 3 (12.0) 52 (27.5)  
 Small city, village (up to 50,000 inhabitants) 153 (38.4) 44 (32.4) 23 (47.9) 12 (48.0) 74 (39.2)  
 Large city (>50,000 inhabitants) 126 31.7) 35 (25.7) 18 (37.5) 10 (40.0) 63 (33.3)  
  1. aDue to multiple response on one or more variables, the analyzed numbers do not always add up to the total number
  2. bOne-way ANOVA
  3. cChi-square
  4. dFisher’s exact test
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