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Table 5 Difficulties in provider-patient communication (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 therapists (n = 316) p-value
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
How comfortable are you to answer question about CT? .000b
 Not at all 32 (6.9) 16 (11.3) 8 (11.8) 1 (3.3) 7 (3.2)  
 Moderately 219 (47.4) 103 (72.5) 48 (70.6) 11 (36.7) 57 (25.7)  
 Very 211 (45.7) 23 (16.2) 12 (17.6) 18 (60.0) 158 (71.2)  
How comfortable are you to answer question about conventional cancer treatment? .000b
 Not at all 34 (7.4) 4 (2.8) 1 (1.4) 1 (3.3) 28 (12.7)  
 Moderately 210 (45.5) 60 (42.0) 20 (29.0) 14 (46.7) 116 (52.7)  
 Very 218 (47.2) 79 (55.2) 48 (69.6) 15 (50.0) 76 (34.5)  
How difficult do you find patients using CT? .000b
 Not at all 250 (63.3) 52 (38.5) 33 (57.9) 20 (80.0) 145 (81.5)  
 Moderately 137 (34.7) 81 (60.0) 24 (42.1) 4 (16.0) 28 (15.7)  
 Very 8 (2.0) 2 (1.5) 0 (0.0) 1 (4.0) 5 (2.8)  
How difficult do you find patients using conventional medicine? .000b
 Not at all 318 (79.1) 83 (62.9) 44 (78.6) 21 (84.0) 170 (91.9)  
 Moderately 75 (18.8) 48 (36.4) 12 (21.4) 3 (12.0) 12 (6.5)  
 Very 5 (1.3) 1 (0.8) 0 (0.0) 1 (4.0) 3 (1.6)  
  1. aDue to missing responses the sum does not always add up to the total number of 606
  2. bFisher’s exact test
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