Table 4

Selected data from interviews with contact persons

Norway %/n

(total number of contact persons = 64)

Denmark %/n

(total number of contact persons = 38)


    Year of start-up

Before 2000

45,3%/29

26%/10

After 2000

46,9%/30

74%/28

Not given

7,8%/5

0

    Motive for starting up

Pain relief:

17%/11

0 ***

Treatment without side effects:

6%/4

21%/8

Scientific evidence:

5%/3*

32%/12

Interest from the employees:

25%/16

21%/8

Interest from patients:

9%/6

8%/3

Other:

38%/24**

18%/7**

    Ongoing research projects on CAM

9%/6

42%/15

    CAM offered to employees

23%/15

59%/23

    Information given about CAM

84%/54

74%/28

    CAM or not

Yes

36%/23

43%/16

No

53%/34

57%/22

Do not know

11%/7


* The argument of scientific evidence was often used as a reason for why the treatment was not considered as CAM and not as much as a motive for starting up.

** Examples of other motives: "in fashion", extra offer, successful attempt against weight loss/nausea, heard the treatment worked, when nothing else work, good impact on health according to bad sleep/anxiety/immune system/energy, holistic approach.

*** The reason why "pain relief" is not reported as a motive for starting up use of CAM in Danish hospitals might be that it is included in the other four motives. As seen in table 5 pain relief is an important indication for use of acupuncture in Danish hospitals.

Salomonsen et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:4   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-4

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