Table 2

Rates of CAM usage and subjective helpfulness
Breast cancer sample (N=72) Internet sample
Frequent users (N=71) Infrequent users (N=123)
CAM modality use (N,%) No of times (valid N, range*) How helpful?+ valid N; mean (range) use (N,%) No of times (valid N, range) How helpful?+ valid N; mean (range) use (N,%) No of times (valid N, range) How helpful?+ valid N; mean (range)
Visiting health care providers (page 1)
Medical CAM specialist 10 (11%) 7 (1–24) 10; 1.4 (1–3) 19 (31%) 8 (0–9) 19; 1.42 (1–3) 11 (9%) 7 (0–8) 10; 1.1 (1–2)
Non-medical CAM practitioner 6 (7%) 4 (1–14) 4; 1.0 (1) 22 (34%) 13 (0–5) 21; 1.05 (1–2) 14 (12%) 10 (0–5) 13; 1.46 (1–2)
Chirotherapist 4 (4%) 3 (0–4) 4; 1.25 (1–2) 5 (8%) 5 (0–4) 5; 1.0 (1) 6 (5%) 3 (0–4) 6; 1.5 (1–2)
Homeopath 3 (3%) 1 (2) 2; 1.0 (1) 26 (41%) 16 (0–7) 25; 1.24 (1–3) 3 (2%) 3 (1–4) 2; 2.0 (1–3)
Complementary therapies received from physicians (MDs) (page2)
Herbs 21 (23%) 10 (1–14) 15; 1.53 (1–3) 30 (46%) 27 (0–40) 27; 1.33 (1–3) 44 (36%) 41 (0–10) 40; 1.63 (1–3)
Acupuncture 6 (7%) 1 (10) 2; 1.5 (1–2) 10 (15%) 8 (0–10) 8; 1.25 (1–3) 4 (3%) 4 (0–20) 4; 1.25 (1–2)
Homeopathy 5 (5%) 4 (2–14) 6; 1.33 (1–2) 23 (34%) 20 (0–270) 23; 1.39 (1–3) 6 (5%) 6 (0–1) 4; 1.5 (1–2)
Use of herbal medicines and dietary supplements (page 3)
Homeopathic remedies 16 (17%) 14 (10 currently**) 13; 1.23 (1–3) 36 (53%) 33 (12 currently**) 33; 1.33 (1–3) 27 (24%) 26 (11 currently**) 23; 1.3 (1–2)
Herbs/ Herbal medicines 30 (33%) 26 (22 currently**) 19; 1.37 (1–3) 38 (58%) 34 (11 currently**) 35; 1.29 (1–2) 40 (35%) 40 (13 currently** 37; 1.54 (1–3)
Vitamins 37 (40%) 31 (27 currently**) 22; 1.23 (1–2) 34 (50%) 32 (23 currently**) 27; 1.41 (1–3) 46 (38%) 46 (29 currently**) 42; 1.48 (1–3)
Self-help practices (page 4)
Meditation 15 (16%) 12 (daily-not at all) 14; 1.43 (1–2) 16 (25%) 16 (daily-less than once a month) 15; 1.07 (1–2) 13 (11%) 13 (daily, weekly-less than once a month) 12; 1.25 (1–2)
Yoga 8 (9%) 6 (daily-monthly) 7; 1.57 (1–2) 10 (16%) 10 (weekly-not at all) 9; 1.11 (1–2) 18 (16%) 18 (daily-not at all) 18; 1.39 (1–2)
Qigong 4 (4%) 4 (daily -not at all) 4; 1.5 (1–2) 10 (16%) 10 (weekly-not at all) 9; 1.11 (1–2) 18 (16%) 18 (daily-not at all) 18; 1.39 (1–2)
Tai Chi 4 (4%) 4 (daily- not at all) 3; 1.67 (1–3) 1 (2%) 1 (weekly) 1; 1.0 (1) 4 (4%) 4 (weekly) 4; 1.25 (1–2)
Relaxation techniques 18 (20%) 14 (daily-not at all) 15; 1.33 (1–2) 24 (35%) 24 (daily-less than once a month) 21; 1.29 (1–3) 31 (26%) 31 (daily-not at all) 30; 1.53 (1–3)
Visualization 7 (8%) 7 (daily-less than once a month) 7; 1.0 (1) 12 (18%) 12 (daily-less than once a month) 11; 1.18 (1–2) 10 (8%) 10 (daily-less than once a month) 9; 1.33 (1–2)

* please see response options for page 3 and 4 in text.

**Refers to the first remedy provided in questionnaire.

+ rating scale ranging from 1 (very helpful) to 3 (not helpful at all), valid N excludes respondents that ticked “I don’t know”.

Re et al.

Re et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:259   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-259

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