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Table 4 Perception of complementary and alternative medicine use by patient’s parents

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use by pediatric oncology patients before, during, and after treatment

Questiona Total n (%)
(n = 140)
CAM users n (%)
(n = 97)
CAM non-users n (%)
(n = 43)
p-value
(t-test)
1. “I received enough information from the oncologist about CAM benefits.” 0.46
 Disagree 91 (65.0) 67 (69.1) 24 (55.8)  
 Neither agree nor disagree 19 (13.6) 13 (13.4) 6 (14.0)  
 Agree 14 (10.0) 8 (8.3) 6 (14.0)  
 I do not know 12 (8.6) 7 (7.2) 5 (11.6)  
 I do not wish to respond 4 (2.9) 2 (2.1) 2 (4.7)  
2. “I received enough information from the oncologist about CAM risks.” 0.45
 Disagree 70 (50.0) 48 (49.5) 22 (51.2)  
 Neither agree nor disagree 26 (18.6) 21 (21.7) 5 (11.6)  
 Agree 29 (20.7) 20 (20.6) 9 (20.9)  
 I do not know 11 (7.9) 6 (6.2) 5 (11.6)  
 I do not wish to respond 4 (2.9) 2 (2.1) 2 (4.7)  
3. “Using CAM may interact with my child’s conventional treatment.” 0.09
 Disagree 24 (17.1) 18 (18.6) 6 (14.0)  
 Neither agree nor disagree 19 (13.6) 16 (16.5) 3 (7.0)  
 Agree 51 (36.4) 38 (39.2) 13 (30.2)  
 I do not know 42 (30.0) 23 (23.7) 19 (44.2)  
 I do not wish to respond 4 (2.9) 2 (2.1) 2 (4.7)  
4. “Using herbal treatments may interact with my child’s conventional treatment.” 0.23
 Disagree 19 (13.6) 13 (13.4) 6 (14.0)  
 Neither agree nor disagree 15 (10.7) 12 (12.4) 3 (7.0)  
 Agree 65 (46.4) 49 (50.5) 16 (37.2)  
 I do not know 37 (26.4) 21 (21.7) 16 (37.2)  
 I do not wish to respond 4 (2.9) 2 (2.1) 2 (4.7)  
  1. CAM Complementary and alternative medicine.
  2. aThe categories “strongly agree” and “agree” were grouped into “agree” and the categories “strongly disagree” and “disagree” were grouped into “disagree”
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