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Table 6 Actions that would improve communication between conventional and complementary health care providers (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 %  
Conventional training for CT providers .000c
 Yes 380 (84.6) 95 (68.3) 56 (87.5) 29 (93.5) 200 (93.0)  
 No 69 (15.4) 44 (31.7) 8 (12.5) 2 (6.5) 15 (7.0)  
CT training for conventional providers .000c
 Yes 387 (86.2) 97 (69.8) 56 (84.8) 31 (100) 203 (95.3)  
 No 62 (13.8) 42 (30.2) 10 (15.2) 0 (0.0) 10 (4.7)  
Use of common medical terminology .000b
 Yes 365 (81.3) 93 (67.4) 52 (78.8) 27 (87.1) 193 (90.2)  
 No 84 (18.7) 45 (32.6) 14 (21.2) 4 (12.9) 21 (9.8)  
Including a CT provider in conventional practice .000c
 Yes 375 (83.3) 75 (54.7) 57 (85.1) 31 (100) 212 (98.6)  
 No 75 (16.7) 62 (45.3) 10 (14.9) 0 (0.0) 3 (1.4)  
Including a conventional provider in CT practice .000c
 Yes 360 (80.7) 76 (55.5) 50 (76.9) 29 (96.7) 205 (95.8)  
 No 86 (19.3) 61 (44.5) 15 (23.1) 1 (3.3) 9 (4.2)  
  1. aDue to missing responses the sum does not always add up to the total number of 606
  2. bPearson chi-square test
  3. cFisher’s exact test
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