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Table 3 Health-related characteristics of respondents (n = 263)

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use among infertile women attending infertility specialty clinics in South Korea: does perceived severity matter?

CharacteristicsOverall
n = 263 (%)
CAM users
n = 167 (%)
Non-users
n = 96 (%)
P-value
Practice of health-promoting behavior (Mean ± SD)#3.02 ± 0.683.10 ± 0.652.86 ± 0.72 
 Yes (4,5)52 (19.8)40 (24.0)12 (12.5)0.025a
 No (1,2,3)211 (80.2)127 (76.0)84 (87.5) 
Presence of comorbidity
 Yes49 (18.6)32 (19.2)17 (17.7)0.870a
 No214 (81.4)135 (80.8)79 (82.3) 
Self-perceived stress (Mean ± SD)*3.77 ± 0.833.85 ± 0.813.64 ± 0.86 
 Severe (4,5)158 (60.1)107 (64.1)51 (53.1)0.081a
 Not severe (1,2,3)105 (39.9)60 (35.9)45 (46.9) 
Self-perceived severity of their condition (Mean ± SD)°3.72 ± 0.903.78 ± 0.843.61 ± 0.98 
 Not severe (1,2,3)105 (39.9)57 (34.1)48 (50.0)0.009a
 Severe (4)105 (39.9)78 (46.7)27 (28.1) 
 Very severe (5)53 (20.2)32 (19.2)21 (21.9) 
Self-perceived effectiveness of conventional treatment (Mean ± SD)13.54 ± 0.693.51 ± 0.653.60 ± 0.76 
 Effective (4,5)134 (51.0)83 (49.7)51 (53.1)0.593a
 Ineffective (1,2,3)129 (49.0)84 (50.3)45 (46.9) 
Satisfaction level of conventional treatment (Mean ± SD)23.59 ± 0.633.56 ± 0.603.63 ± 0.68 
 Satisfied (4,5)147 (55.9)91 (54.5)56 (58.3)0.546a
 Dissatisfied (1,2,3)116 (44.1)76 (45.5)40 (41.7) 
Experience of adverse reaction to conventional treatment
 Yes64 (24.3)48 (28.7)16 (16.7)0.028a
 No199 (75.7)119 (71.3)80 (83.3) 
  1. # Participants were asked to rate their practice of health-promoting behavior (practicing a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep) (1 = Never, 5 = Always)
  2. *Participants were asked to rate their self-perceived stress level (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much)
  3. °Participants were asked to rate their self-perceived severity of infertility condition (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much)
  4. 1Participants were asked to rate their self-perceived effectiveness of conventional treatment (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much)
  5. 2Respondents were asked to rate their satisfaction to conventional fertility treatment (1 = Very dissatisfied, 5 = Very satisfied)
  6. a Denotes Pearson’s Chi-square tests