Table 1

Demographics of Respondents Ages 18 to 30 years and the Percent of Characteristics by Individual Variables Among Those Who Use HDS

Characteristics

Total Respondents 18–30

(N = 6666) %

HDS user*

(n= 1171) %

P**


Socio-demographic variables

Age, yr

<.01

18–22

40

15

23–30

60

19

Sex

.12

Male

49

16

Female

51

18

Race/Ethnicity

<.01

Non-Hispanic White

64

19

Non-Hispanic Black

14

13

Non-Hispanic Asian

5

17

Non-Hispanic Other***

1

27

Hispanic

16

12

Education Level

<.01

< High School

16

7

High School Grad

24

15

Some College

40

19

College Graduate

19

25

Income, $

<.01

<15,000

26

18

15,000–34,999

24

21

35,000–64,999

10

23

≥ 65,000

2

30

Did not reply

38

12

Lifestyle/behavioral variables

Smoking Status

<.01

Current

26

21

Former

9

24

Never

63

15

Alcohol use in last 12 months

<.01

None

32

9

Infrequent/light

44

21

Moderate/heavy

21

24

Unknown drinking status

3

5

Physical Activity

<.01

Low

34

9

Moderate

22

19

High

43

23

Unknown

2

6

Prescription medication use

<.01

Yes

54

22

No

46

13

Over the counter medication use

<.01

Yes

76

19

No

24

12


* "DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, did you use herbs for your own health or treatment ?"

** Chi Square test comparing HDS users to non-HDS users (P < .05)

*** (Asian, American Indian/Alaskan native, Asian Indian, Chinese and Filipino)

****Data sources National health interview survey 2002, weighted percents extrapolated from the to the U.S. census (2000) for the adult civilian, non-institutionalized household population.

Gardiner et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:39   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-7-39

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