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Table 4 Communication with patients (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 (%)  
How often do you ask your cancer patients it they use CT? .000c
 Never 53 (13.3) 29 (21.0) 9 (15.8) 1 (4.0) 14 (7.8)  
 Sometimes 152 (38.0) 84 (60.9) 33 (57.9) 6 (24.0) 29 (16.1)  
 Often/always 195 (48.8) 25 (18.1) 15 (26.4) 18 (72.0) 137 (76.1)  
How often do you ask your patients about what outcome they expect from CT? .000c
 Never 36 (8.9) 23 (16.9) 4 (7.1) 1 (3.8) 8 (4.3)  
 Sometimes 148 (36.5) 71 (52.2) 34 (60.7) 8 (30.8) 35 (18.7)  
 Often/Always 221 (54.6) 42 (30.9) 18 (32.2) 17 (65.3) 144 (77.0)  
Do your cancer patients expect the following outcomes from CT?  
 cure the cancer 131 (21.7) 86 (57.0) 35 (38.5) 1 (2.1) 9 (2.8) .000b
 slow the progression of cancer 174 (28.8) 92 (60.9) 40 (44,0) 3 (6.4) 39 (12.3) .000b
 strengthen the immune system 243 (40.2) 71 (47.0) 37 (40.7) 19 (40.4) 116 (37.7) .209b
 symptoms relief 274 (45.3) 80 (53.0) 32 (35.2) 22 (46.8) 140 (44.3) .057b
 reduce adverse effects of chemo therapy 236 (39.0) 58 (38.4) 27 (29.7) 22 (46.8) 129 (40.8) .172b
 improve physical and emotional well being 272 (45.0) 65 (43.0) 28 (30.8) 22 (46.8) 157 (49.7) .014b
 provide hope and a sense of control 171 (28.3) 59 (39.1) 29 (31.9) 11 (23.4) 72 (22.8) .002b
 I do not ask my patients about this 23 (3.8) 13 (8.6) 3 (3.3) 0 (0.0) 7 (2.2) .006c
How do you advice your cancer patients if they ask you about CT? .000c
 Discourage use 14 (3.6) 10 (7.4) 2 (3.6) 0 (0.0) 2 (1.1)  
 Encourage use 100 (25.6) 3 (2.2) 4 (7.3) 11 (42.3) 82 (47.1)  
 Neither 177 (45.4) 81 (60.0) 30 (54.5) 10 (38.5) 56 (32.2)  
 Other 99 (25.4) 41 (30.3) 19 (34.5) 5 (19.2) 34 (19.5)  
How do you advise your cancer patients if they ask you about conventional treatment? .002c
 Discourage use 2 (0.5) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (1.1)  
 Encourage use 309 (78.2) 117 (86.7) 42 (77.8) 21 (84.0) 129 (71.3)  
 Neither 46 (11.6) 5 (3.7) 6 (11.1) 4 (16.0) 31 (17.1)  
 Other 38 (9.6) 13 (9.6) 6 (11.1) 0 (0.0) 19 (10.5)  
  1. aDue to multiple response to some of the questions and lack of response from participants the analyzed numbers do not always add up to the total number
  2. bPearson Chi-square test
  3. cFisher’s exact test
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