Table 2

Distribution and severity score of chief complaints at Day 0

Children

Homeopathy n = 407

Conventional n = 252

Chief complaint

(%)

Severity score

(%)

Severity score

p-valuea if < 0.05


Runny nose

9.8

1.1 ± 0.5

15.5

1.9 ± 0.7

= 0.0001

Sore throat

24.6

1.7 ± 0.6

23.0

1.6 ± 0.6

Ear pain

23.1

1.4 ± 0.6

21.0

1.0 ± 0.5

= 0.0002

Sinus pain

2.0

1.6 ± 0.4

3.6

1.7 ± 0.6

Cough

40.5

0.9 ± 0.5

36.9

1.1 ± 0.6


Adults

Homeopathy n = 445

Conventional n = 462

Chief complaint

%

Severity score

%

Severity score

p-valuea if < 0.05


Runny nose

15.1

1.5 ± 0.8

14.7

1.9 ± 0.7

= 0.0005

Sore throat

43.4

1.6 ± 0.7

32.3

1.5 ± 0.6

Ear pain

3.4

1.0 ± 0.3

5.4

1.3 ± 0.5

Sinus pain

8.3

1.5 ± 0.6

13.4

1.5 ± 0.6

Cough

29.9

1.0 ± 0.5

34.2

1.3 ± 0.5

= 0.0002


Full-set analysis values are either expressed as % of total or as mean ± SD. aWilcoxon rank-sum test, indicating the differences between severity scores (from 0 – not present to 4 – very severe) in the homeopathy and conventional group.

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

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