Table 3

Back pain status and consultations with conventional health care providers by CAM user status (consulted with a CAM practitioner or not)
Consultations Did not have back pain Had back pain – rarely Had back pain – sometimes Had back pain – often
CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user
(n = 1,682) (n = 758) (n = 1,419) (n = 842) (n = 1,950) (n = 1,774) (n = 970) (n = 1,070)
% % % % % % % %
GP1 0 10 7 7 7 6 5 2 3
1-2 42 35 40 40 35 33 20 19
3-4 28 32 30 30 30 31 29 27
5+ 19 26 23 23 29 31 49 51
Specialist Doctor1 0 61 55 59 55 54 50 45 39
1-2 28 31 29 33 31 34 32 35
3+ 11 14 12 12 15 16 23 26
Hospital Doctor no 87 84 85 84 82 80 73 75
yes 13 16 15 16 18 20 27 25
Physiotherapist1 2 3 4 no 89 80 86 80 82 73 72 62
yes 11 20 14 20 18 27 28 38

1 statistically significant association for women who did not have back pain (p <.005).

2 statistically significant association for women who had back pain, rarely (p <.005).

3 statistically significant association for women who had back pain, sometimes (p <.005).

4 statistically significant association for women who had back pain, often (p <.005).

Broom et al.

Broom et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:98   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-98

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