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Table 5 Clinical characteristics of respondents by perceived severity of disease (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 (%)
High perceived severity n = 158 (%)Low perceived severity
n = 105 (%)
P-value
Self-perceived stress (Mean ± SD)*3.77 ± 0.834.16 ± 0.693.18 ± 0.68 
 Severe (4,5)158 (60.1)132 (83.5)26 (24.8)<  0.001a
 Not severe (1,2,3)105 (39.9)26 (16.5)79 (75.2) 
Infertility treatment duration
  < 2 years172 (65.4)87 (55.1)85 (81.0)<  0.001a
 2–4 years57 (21.7)44 (27.8)13 (12.4) 
  > 4 years34 (12.9)27 (17.1)7 (6.7) 
Practice of health-promoting behavior
(Mean ± SD)#
3.02 ± 0.683.04 ± 0.702.98 ± 0.65 
 Yes (4,5)52 (19.8)34 (21.5)18 (17.1)0.431a
 No (1,2,3)211 (80.2)124 (78.5)87 (82.9) 
Time since diagnosis
  < 2 years137 (52.1)68 (43.0)69 (65.7)0.001a
 2–4 years69 (26.2)50 (31.6)19 (18.1) 
  > 4 years57 (21.7)40 (25.3)17 (16.2) 
  1. *Participants were asked to rate their self-perceived stress level (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much)
  2. # Participants were asked to rate their practice of health-promoting behavior (practicing a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep) (1 = Never, 5 = Always)
  3. a Denotes Pearson’s Chi-square tests