Table 3

Primary or main diagnoses1, first inclusion diagnoses for new patients in CM practices, compared to primary diagnoses in practices of general practitioners in the Netherlands (Multilevel regression analyses)*

Hom. % (N = 502)

Acup. %

(N = 808)

Natur. %

(N = 529)

GPs % (N = 2628)**

Intraclass correlation***

p-value


general complaints2

15.5

10.1

12.1

4.5

10.1%

2<.0005 (all)

blood and blood vessels

0.0

0.0

2.1

1.2

(no test, too few cases)

gastrointestinal system

6.0 4

6.9 5

16.23

5.3

4.6%

3,4,5 <.0005 (all)

eye

0.0

0.6

0.7

3.5

(no test, too few cases)

ear

1.1

1.1

1.0

2.4

11.8%

cardiovascular system 2

1.0

1.0

2.0

6.0

13.7%

2 <.0005 (all)

musculoskeletol system

6.9 3,6

22.3 5

6.53

17.4

7.3%

3,5,6 <.0005 (all)

nervous system 2

5.9

8.2

4.4

2.0

14.6%

2gp-h .001;2gp-a <.0005;2gp-n .05

psyche

12.33

14.13,5

6.3

3.9

12.3%

3 <.0005 (all);5 .02

respiratory organs

7.5

6.4

5.5

8.9

5.4%

skin and subcutaneous tissue

14.6 3,6

5.55

11.4

7.9

6.8%

3 .003;5 .01;

6 <.0005

endocrine glands, metabolism, food

1.3

1.3

2.6

1.0

34.9%

urinary tract

0.7

0.08

0.1

0.04

(no test, too few cases)

pregnancy, childbirth, contraception

0.0

0.1

0.02

0.1

(no test, too few cases)

female genital

3.03

1.1

2.2

1.0

19.9%

3 .005

male genital

0.4

0.5

1.3

0.7

(no test, too few cases)

social problems

0.6

0.2

.04

.02

(no test, too few cases)


*Controlled for age, gender and education level of patients

** Data from the DNSGP-2 patient registration in 2001(sub dataset for observation study)

*** % of total variance due to differences between doctors

1Incidence-data: 6 month in CM practices (2007), 12 month in General Practice (2001)

2 significant difference between all CM-diagnoses and diagnoses in general practice

3 significant difference between a single CM-diagnoses and diagnoses in general practice

4 significant difference between homeopathic - diagnoses and naturopathy diagnoses

5 significant difference between acupuncture- diagnoses and naturopathy diagnoses

6 significant difference between homeopathic - diagnoses and acupuncture diagnoses

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

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