Table 2

Patients in intake registrations of CM physicians compared to registration in GP practices

Patient characteristics

Homeopathy

N = 502

Acupuncture

N = 808

Naturopathy

N = 529

General practice1

N = 2628

p-value


Gender (% women)2

72.5

69.4

73.4

58.9

2<.001

Age*

39.5 3,4,5

46.5

46.0

45.1

3<.001

4<.01

5<.001

Educational level

(range 1-4)2

3.0

3.2

3.3

2.7

2<.001

Ethnicity (% immigrants)

2.2 3,4,5

6.9

8.9

5.4

3<.05

4<.01

5<.05


*date of calculation January 1, 2008

1 data from the video observation part of the DNSGP-2 in 2001

2 significant difference between CM-patients and patients in general practice

3 significant difference between patients of a specific CM-practice and patients in general practice

4 significant difference between homeopathy and naturopathy patients

5 significant difference between homeopathy and acupuncture patients

Heiligers et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:3   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-10-3

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