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Table 9 Points of view regarding CAM

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use in coronary heart disease patients: a cross-sectional study from Palestine

Variable Frequency Percent
Who recommended CAM? Doctor 7 5.4
Friend 48 37.5
Advertisement 18 14.3
Naturopath 7 5.4
Family member 32 25.0
Internet 12 8.9
Nurse 2 1.8
Chiropractor 2 1.8
Where do you get your CAM from? Health food store 54 42.3
Pharmacy 3 1.9
Alternative health practitioner 71 55.8
How much money do you spend on CAM per month? <  200 NIS 117 91.2
200–500 NIS 11 8.8
Have you had any side effects from the use of CAM? Yes 3 1.9
No 120 94.2
don’t know 5 3.8
Do you have a regular cardiologist who helps to manage your CHD? Yes 76 59.2
No 52 40.8
Have you discussed using CAM therapies with your cardiologist? Yes 21 16.4
No 107 83.6
Have you visited a general practitioner or cardiologist in the last 3 months? Yes, for my heart problems 77 60.2
Yes, but not for my heart problems 11 8.5
No 40 31.4
Have you visited any alternative health practitioner in the last 3 months? Yes, for my heart problems 22 17.2
Yes, but not for my heart problems 3 2.6
No 103 80.2
If you do not currently use CAM, would you consider using it to help treat your CHD in the future if you had positive information about its benefits from your healthcare provider? Yes 83 64.9
No 24 18.9
Not sure 21 16.2
  1. CHD coronary heart disease; CAM complementary and alternative medicine; NIS new Israeli shekel (1 New Israeli Shekel = 0.29 US Dollar)