Table 3

Discriminant validity of the four patterns
QDP (n = 630) DPP (n = 1,037) YDP (n = 407) FHP (n = 831) P-value
QDP score 13.55 (3.96) A 9.92 (3.44) B 10.60 (3.37) B 8.78 (3.20) C <.0001
DPP score 6.10 (2.13) B 8.10 (2.42) A 5.88 (2.32) C 6.02 (2.27) C <.0001
YDP score 4.96 (1.98) B 4.92 (2.00) B 7.20 (2.51) A 5.81 (2.39) B <.0001
FHP score 15.41 (3.8) C 17.32 (4.34) B 18.26 (4.18) B 21.63 (4.80) A <.0001

The letters reflect the results from the one-way ANOVA within the same PI scores. Different letters represent a significant a posteriori comparison test between the groups of the PI.

QDP Qi deficiency pattern, DPP Dampness-phlegm pattern, YDP Yin deficiency pattern, FHP Fire-heat pattern.

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Kang et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:55   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-55

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