Table 1

Use of acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy by participants in various socio-demographic categories

Percentage (95% confidence interval)


Characteristic

Acupuncture

Chiropractic

Osteopathy


Gender

Female

9.6 (7.1 – 12.1)

17.1 (13.9 – 20.3)

5.8 (3.8 – 7.8)

Male

8.9 (6.4 – 11.3)

15.0 (12.0 – 18.1)

3.3 (1.8 – 4.8)

Age (year)

18–34

7.6 (4.8 – 10.5)

15.0 (11.2 – 18.9)

3.1 (1.3 – 5.0)

35–64

10.3 (7.7 – 12.8)

16.7 (13.6 – 19.9)

5.0 (3.2 – 6.8)

65+

9.2 (5.1 – 13.4)

15.7 (10.5 – 21.0)

5.9 (2.5 – 9.3)

Country of birth

Australia

10.2 (8.1 – 12.3)

18.1 (15.5 – 20.8)

4.8 (3.4 – 6.3)

Overseas

6.5 (3.4 – 9.5)

9.8 (6.1 – 13.5)

3.8 (1.4 – 6.1)

Self-reported health status

Excellent/very good/good

8.6 (6.8 – 10.5)

15.2 (12.8 – 17.5)

4.5 (3.2 – 5.9)

Fair/poor

12.1 (7.1 – 17.2)

20.6 (14.4 – 26.9)

4.8 (1.5 – 8.1)

Post-secondary education

No

6.4 (4.2 – 8.7)

15.4 (12.1 – 18.8)

3.6 (1.9 – 5.3)

Yes

11.3 (8.8 – 13.8)

16.7 (13.8 – 19.7)

5.3 (3.6 – 7.1)

Employment

Employed

9.8 (7.6 – 12.0)

16.8 (14.0 – 19.6)

4.5 (2.9 – 6.0)

Unemployed/not in work force

7.8 (5.0 – 10.5)

14.5 (10.9 – 18.1)

4.7 (2.5 – 6.9)

Private health insurance

Yes

10.8 (8.3 – 13.3)

19.0 (15.8 – 22.1)

5.6 (3.7 – 7.4)

No

7.4 (5.0 – 9.8)

12.4 (9.4 – 15.4)

3.3 (1.7 – 5.0)

Annual household income

<A$20,000

8.1 (3.8 – 12.3)

7.3 (3.3 – 11.4)

6.7 (2.8 – 10.6)

A$20,000 – A$40,000

7.0 (3.5 – 10.5)

19.0 (13.6 – 24.4)

1.3 (-0.3 – 2.9)

>A$40,000

10.1 (7.6 – 12.6)

18.4 (15.2 – 21.6)

5.5 (3.7 – 7.4)

Australian state of residence

New South Wales

9.9 (6.8 – 12.9)

17.0 (13.1 – 20.9)

6.0 (3.5 – 8.4)

Victoria

10.9 (7.2 – 14.6)

17.4 (12.8 – 21.9)

5.2 (2.6 – 7.9)

Queensland

11.6 (7.3 – 16)

14.9 (10.0 – 19.7)

3.8 (1.2 – 6.5)

South Australia

6.9 (1.4 – 12.3)

17.0 (8.9 – 25.1)

1.2 (-1.1 – 3.5)

Western Australia

2.7 (-0.4 – 5.8)

14.4 (7.7 – 21.1)

2.2 (-0.6 – 5.0)


Xue et al. BMC Public Health 2008 8:105   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-105

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