Table 1

Selected characteristics of survey respondents

Characteristic

Total Sample

n = 264 N(%) or mean (SD)

CAM users

n = 72 N(%) or mean (SD)

CAM non-users

n = 192 N(%) or mean (SD)

P value


Mean age (SD) in years

65.0 (13.9)

63.1 (14.1)

65.7 (13.8)

0.82

Gender

Male

245 (93.5)

67 (93.1)

178 (93.7)

0.85

Female

17 (6.5)

5 (6.9)

12 (6.3)

Race/Ethnicity

White non-Hispanic

241 (91.6)

66(91.7)

175 (91.6)

0.99

Other

22 (8.4)

6 (8.3)

16 (8.4)

Religion

Catholic

150 (57.0)

41 (57.0)

109 (57.1)

0.77

Protestant

64 (24.3)

19 (26.4)

45 (23.6)

Other

49 (18.6)

12 (16.6)

37 (19.3)

Employment status

Employed (full or part-time, homemaker)

46 (17.6)

19 (26.4)

27 (14.3)

0.21

Unemployed or unable to work

102 (39.1)

24 (33.3)

78 (41.3)

Retired

113 (43.3)

29 (40.3)

84 (44.4)

Income

≤$50 K

243 (97.2)

62 (91.2)

181 (99.4)

0.006

>$50 K

7 (2.8)

6 (8.8)

1 (0.6)

Education

<High School or GED

94 (36.2)

19 (26.4)

75 (39.9)

0.02

≥High School or GED

166 (63.8)

53 (73.6)

113((60.1)

Insurance status

Additional insurance

111 (45.9)

43 (60.6)

68 (39.8)

0.003

No additional insurance

131 (54.1)

28 (39.4)

103 (60.2)

Care outside VA

Additional care

54 (20.5)

22 (30.6)

32 (16.7)

0.01

No additional care

210 (79.5)

50 (69.4)

160 (83.3)

Beliefs about cause of illness

Lifestyle contributes to illness

144 (54.5)

48 (66.7)

96 (50.0)

0.001

Lifestyle does not contribute to illness

120 (45.5)

24 (33.7)

96 (50.0)

Referring Clinic Sample

Pain Clinic

118 (44.7)

27 (37.5)

91(47.4)

0.15

Cancer Clinic

146 (55.3)

45 (62.5)

101(52.6)


Percentages are based on actual numbers of persons reporting data for each item (ranges from 242–264)

McEachrane-Gross et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:34   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-6-34

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