Table 1

Sociodemographic and disease-related characteristics of the study population.

Characteristics

All Patients

CAM user

CAM non-user

P value#

(n = 413)

(n = 215)

(n = 198)


Sex (%)

Male

38

39

37

ns

Female

62

61

63

ns

Age (%)

≤20

6

5

8

ns

21–40

56

56

56

ns

41–60

32

33

30

ns

≥61

6

6

5

ns

Diagnosis (%)

Crohn's Disease

61

58

65

ns

Ulcerative Colitis

39

42

35

ns

Location (% of location)

Erlangen

50

55

45

ns

Aachen

21

53

47

ns

Tuebingen

28

49

51

ns

Duration of disease (median)

14.0

15

13

ns

Previous hospitalisation (%)

80

82

77

ns

Previous surgery (%)

39

36

41

ns

Current Medication (%)

SASP or 5-ASA

64

54

72

ns

Corticosteroids

36

32

40

ns

Immunosuppressive

17

17

16

ns

Patient satisfaction with current therapy (%)

satisfied

45

43

48

ns

neutral

31

30

32

ns

dissatisfied

19

17

20

ns

Side effects of conventional medication (%)

55

58

52

ns

Members of DCCV (%)*

48

47

48

ns

Academic education (%)*

23

22

24

ns


If not stated otherwise, all values are percentages of CAM users and CAM non-users resp.

# p value for the comparison of CAM users and non-users

*This item was missing for Erlangen patients.

For some items the numbers may not add up to the total number because of missing responses

Joos et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:19   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-6-19

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