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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics and their association with CAT use

From: Use of complementary and alternative therapies by patients with eye diseases: a hospital-based cross-sectional study from Palestine

Variable Overall
N = 86 (%) or median [interquartile range]
CAT users
N = 58 (%) or median [interquartile range]
Non-CAT users N = 28 (%) or median [interquartile range] P-value
Age (year) 42.5[25–60] 43.5[25–57] 42.5[25–60] 0.814 a
Age category (year)     0.618 b
 18–39 38 (44.2) 27 (46.6) 11 (39.3)  
 40–59 26 (30.2) 18 (31.0) 8 (28.6)  
  ≥ 60 22 (25.6) 13 (22.4) 9 (32.1)  
Gender     0.889 b
 Male 39 (45.3) 26 (44.8) 13 (46.4)  
 Female 47 (54.7) 32 (55.2) 15 (53.6)  
Marital status     0.375 b
 Unmarried 27 (31.4) 20 (34.5) 7 (25.0)  
 Married 59 (68.6) 38 (65.5) 21 (75.0)  
Childcare giving     0.645 b
 Yes 43 (50.0) 28 (48.3) 15 (53.6)  
 No 43 (50.0) 30 (51.2) 13 (46.4)  
Education level     0.992 b
 Primary school 30 (34.9) 20 (34.5) 10 (35.7)  
 High school 19 (22.1) 13 (22.4) 6 (21.4)  
 University 37 (43.0) 25 (43.1) 12 (42.9)  
Occupation     0.284 b
 Employed 42 (48.8) 26 (44.8) 16 (57.1)  
 Unemployed 44 (51.2) 32 (55.2) 12 (42.9)  
Monthly Income     0.357 b
  < 2000 NIS 43 (50.0) 27 (46.6) 16 (57.1)  
  > 2000 NIS 43 (50.0) 31 (53.4) 12 (42.9)  
Place of birth     0.607 c
 Palestine 82 (95.3) 55 (94.8) 27 (96.4)  
 Outside Palestine 4 (4.7) 3 (5.2) 1 (3.6)  
Residence     0.645 b
 Village 43 (50.0) 28 (48.3) 15 (53.6)  
 City 43 (50.0) 30 (51.7) 13 (46.4)  
Health insurance     0.695 b
 Governmental 52 (60.5) 36 (62.1) 16 (57.1)  
 Private 17 (19.8) 12 (20.7) 5 (17.9)  
 No insurance 17 (19.8) 10 (17.2) 7 (25.0)  
Chronic comorbid disease     0.652 b
 Present 40 (46.5) 26 (44.8) 14 (50.0)  
 Absent 46 (53.5) 32 (55.2) 14 (50.0)  
Exercise     0.282 b
 Never 27 (31.4) 15 (25.9) 12 (42.9)  
 Sometimes 37 (43.0) 27 (46.6) 10 (35.7)  
 Most of the time 22 (25.6) 16 (27.6) 6 (21.4)  
Smoking     0.944 b
 Smoker 25 (29.1) 17 (29.3) 8 (28.6)  
 Non-smoker 61 (70.9) 41 (70.7) 20 (71.4)  
  1. a Statistical significance value calculated using the Mann–Whitney U test
  2. b Statistical significance value calculated using Chi-Square
  3. c Statistical significance value calculated using Fisher’s exact test
  4. NIS = New Israeli Shekels (1 NIS = 0.29 US Dollars)