Table 2

Associations Between Characteristics of Rheumatologists and Responses Regarding Perceived Benefit of Each CAM Therapy

OR (95% CI)a


Characteristic

Spinal Manipulation

Acupuncture

Energy Medicine

Meditation

G ± C

Body Work


Age (per 10 y)

0.8

(0.6-1.1)

0.8

(0.6-1.1)

0.8

(0.6-1.2)

0.8

(0.6-1.1)

1.0

(0.8-1.3)

0.9

(0.6-1.2)

Sex (Female)

1.5

(0.9-2.6)

1.4

(0.8-2.4)

2.0

(0.98-4.0)

2.6

(1.5-4.6)

2.3

(1.3-3.9)

2.2

(1.2-4.0)

Race (White)

1.1

(0.5-2.7)

0.8

(0.3-1.9)

1.4

(0.5-4.3)

1.7

(0.7-4.2)

0.7

(0.3-1.5)

1.4

(0.5-3.5)

Practice Setting (vs Solo)

P = .45

P = .66

P = .87

P = .34

P = .25

P = .30

Group

1.4

(0.8-2.4)

0.9

(0.5-1.6)

1.0

(0.6-2.0)

0.8

(0.5-1.4)

1.3

(0.8-2.2)

1.2

(0.7-2.1)

Institutional/Other

1.0

(0.4-2.6)

0.6

(0.2-1.7)

1.1

(0.3-3.6)

1.2

(0.4-3.4)

1.0

(0.4-2.7)

2.4

(0.8-7.3)

Academic

0.9

(0.5-1.8)

1.2

(0.6-2.3)

0.8

(0.4-1.7)

0.6

(0.3-1.1)

1.9

(1.0-3.6)

0.8

(0.4-1.7)

Region (vs Northeast)

P = .98

P = .60

P = .59

P = .05

P = .63

P = .29

South

1.0

(0.6-1.6)

0.9

(0.6-1.5)

0.9

(0.5-1.7)

1.7

(1.01-2.7)

1.7

(1.02-2.7)

1.9

(1.1-3.2)

Midwest

0.9

(0.4-1.8)

0.7

(0.3-1.5)

0.6

(0.3-1.4)

0.7

(0.3-1.5)

1.7

(0.8-3.5)

1.2

(0.6-2.6)

West

0.6

(0.3-1.4)

0.6

(0.3-1.5)

0.9

(0.3-2.3)

0.8

(0.4-1.9)

1.1

(0.5-2.5)

1.0

(0.4-2.6)

Place of Birth (not North America)

1.0

(0.5-2.2)

1.2

(0.6-2.5)

1.5

(0.6-3.7)

2.2

(1.02-4.5)

1.0

(0.5-2.1)

1.8

(0.8-4.0)


Abbreviations: C, chondroitin; CAM, complementary and alternative medicine; CI, confidence interval; G, glucosamine; OR, odds ratio.

a OR for an ordinal response of "very," "moderately," "not very," or "not at all" beneficial. Bolded entries indicate statistical significance.

Manek et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:5   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-10-5

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