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Table 4 Factors affecting answering the question “Would you like to have CAM counselling regarding your current disease?”

From: Complementary medicine in Germany: a multi-centre cross-sectional survey on the usage by and the needs of patients hospitalized in university medical centers

Parameter Distribution Regression coefficient Standard error p Odds ratio 95%-Confidence Interval
Lower Lower
Age 0.009 0.011 0.383 1.010 0.988 1.031
< 60 years of age 49% −0.289 0.325 0.787 0.749 0.396 1.418
> 60 years of age 51% Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference
Sex
 Male 47% 0.612 0.218 0.005 1.845 1.204 2.827
 Female 53% Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference
Department
 Cardiology 16% 0.910 0.316 0.004 2.483 1.337 4.613
 Gastroenterology 24% Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference
 Gynaecology 20% 0.659 0.350 0.059 1.933 0.947 3.838
 Oncology 21% 0.250 0.328 0.446 1.285 0.675 2.445
 Surgery 19% 0.277 0.300 0.357 1.319 0.732 2.376
Survey location
 Freiburg 29% 0.608 0.265 0.022 1.837 1.093 3.088
 Heidelberg 28% Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference
 Tübingen 15% 0.471 0.329 0.152 1.602 0.840 3.054
 Ulm 28% 0.981 0.278 < 0.001 2.668 1.548 4.598
Cancer
 Yes 39% −0.358 0.245 0.144 0.699 0.432 1.130
 No 61% Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference
Nationality
 German 93% 0.311 0.348 0.373 1.364 0.689 2.701
 Other 7% Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference
  1. Multiple logistic regression (Nagelkerke R2 = 0.121; H = 0.046), highest sample-size group was chosen as reference. Only patients for whom a complete data set was available and who answered “yes” or “no” were evaluated (n = 562). Female patients stated a higher need for CAM counselling (73 vs. 60%). Patients hospitalized at the department of gastroenterology had a higher need for CAM counselling than cardiologic patients (72 vs. 51%). Patients in Heidelberg stated a higher need for CAM counselling (77%) than patients in Freiburg (64%) and Ulm (60%).