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Table 4 Trends in perception about the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine benefits

From: The trends of complementary alternative medicine use among cancer patients

Perception Response Cohort 1 Cohort 2 All P-value*
Decreasing pain No 421 (93.8) 635 (84.6) 1056 (88.0) <.0001 **
Yes 28 (6.2) 116 (15.4) 144 (12.0)
Improved appetite No 438 (97.6) 651 (86.7) 1089 (90.8) <.0001 **
Yes 11 (2.4) 100 (13.3) 111 (9.3)
Improvement in general condition No 126 (28.1) 438 (58.3) 564 (47.0) <.0001 **
Yes 323 (71.9) 313 (41.7) 636 (53.0)
Reason for improvement
CAM Use
No 372 (82.9) 720 (95.9) 1092 (91.0) <.0001 **
Yes 77 (17.1) 31 (4.1) 108 (9.0)
Reason for improvement-
Medical Treatment
No 415 (92.4) 530 (70.6) 945 (78.8) <.0001 **
Yes 34 (7.6) 221 (29.4) 255 (21.3)
Reason for improvement
Both CAM and Medical Treatment
No 165 (36.7) 283 (37.7) 448 (37.3) 0.7460 **
Yes 284 (63.3) 468 (62.3) 752 (62.7)
  1. CAM complementary and alternative medicine
  2. *The Chi-squared test statistic is significant at < 0.05