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Table 3 Availability of information and trust in CAM

From: Determinants of public trust in complementary and alternative medicine

  % Total sample
Mean trust in CAM at present (SD)
% CAM non users
Mean trust in CAM at present (SD)
% CAM users
Mean trust in CAM at present (SD)
Media exposure (N = 892) (N = 839) (N = 463) (N = 423) (N = 323) (N = 318)
Positive information media 13.0% *6.00 (1.71) 10.6% *5.73 (1.59) 16.7% 6.29 (1.78)
Neutral information media 31.6% *5.18 (1.62) 31.5% *4.68 (1.40) 29.1% 5.82 (1.71)
Negative information media 38.1% *4.61 (1.93) 36.9% *3.84 (1.62) 41.2% **5.60 (1.86)
No information media 17.3% *5.20 (2.03) 21.0% *4.60 (2.10) 13.0% 6.29 (1.64)
Network knowledge (N = 893) (N = 838) (N = 465) (N = 424) (N = 321) (N = 316)
Positive information network 33.6% *6.22 (1.58) 16.8% *5.39 (1.62) 59.5% *6.56 (1.52)
Neutral information network 12.1% *4.63 (1.43) 12.5% *4.45 (1.29) 10.6% *4.94 (1.46)
Negative information network 10.8% *3.43 (1.56) 11.2% *3.24 (1.47) 9.7% *3.69 (1.58)
No information network 43.6% *4.63 (1.76) 59.6% *4.42 (1.78) 20.2% *5.28 (1.65)
Experience (N = 798) (N = 748) (N = 428) (428) (N = 320) (N = 320)
Positive experience 27.7% *6.56 (1.39)   - 68.0% *6.56 (1.39)
Neutral experience 6.4% *5.12 (1.49)   - 15.7% *5.12 (1.49)
Negative experience 6.6% *3.54 (1.48)   - 16.3% *3.54 (1.48)
No experience 59.3% *4.46 (1.75) 100% 4.46 (1.75) - -
Advice GP (898) (N = 842) (N = 466) (N = 424) (N = 323) (N = 318)
Positive information GP 7.2% *6.35 (1.47) 2.1% *5.70 (1.34) 14.9% *6.63 (1.50)
Neutral information GP 6.5% 5.49 (2.09) 2.4% *3.80 (2.53) 13.9% 5.93 (1.80)
Negative information GP 2.4% *5.36 (2.50) 1.3% *4.00 (2.97) 4.6% 5.80 (2.24)
No information GP 83.9% *4.90 (1.82) 94.2% 4.45 (1.70) 66.6% 5.67 (1.81)
Trust convent. medicine (N = 761) (N = 707) (N = 385) (N= 353) (N = 274) (N = 269)
Lot of trust (7-10) 68.3% 5.14 (1.88) 71.2% 4.59 (1.73) 62.8% 6.01 (1.77)
Not a lot/not a little trust (5-6) 29.5% 5.01 (1.89) 26.8% 4.29 (1.62) 35.0% 5.73 (1.93)
Little trust (1-4) 2.2% 4.20 (2.04) 2.1% 3.63 (2.07) 2.2% 5.00 (2.35)
  1. * ANOVA post hoc test, p < 0.001