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Table 1 Patient characteristics (values are absolute numbers and percent or mean ± standard deviation)

From: How healthy are chronically ill patients after eight years of homeopathic treatment? – Results from a long term observational study

  Study population Responders only
  Adults (n = 2,635) Children (n = 1,074) Adults (n = 1,903) Children (n = 819)
Sex (male: female) 771:1864 559:515 518:1385 423:396
Age at study entry (years) 40.6 ± 12.4 6.7 ± 4.1 41.0 ± 12.3 6.5 ± 4.0
Age at 8-year follow-up (years) 48.3 ± 12.4 14.2 ± 4.2 48.8 ± 12.3 14.1 ± 4.2
Marital status (living in partnership) 1916 (72.7%)   1405 (73.9%)  
Education (attending school >10 years) 1570 (59.6%)   1155 (60.7%)  
Belief in homeopathy at study entry 1744 (66.2%) 739 (68.8%) 1283 (67.4%) 567 (69.2%)
Duration of disease at study entry (years) 10.0 ± 9.6 4.3 ± 2.7 9.8 ± 8.7 4.2 ± 3.5
Intake of conventional drugs at study entry 1318 (50.0%) 340 (31.7%) 965 (50.7%) 273 (33.3%)
Primary diagnosis at study entry *     
   Allergies (ICD9: 995.3) 154 (5.8%) 65 (6.1%) 114 (6.0%) 51 (6.2%)
   Anxiety (ICD9: 300.0) 137 (5.2%) 44 (4.1%) 94 (4.9%) 34 (4.2%)
   Asthma (ICD9: 493.9) 109 (4.1%) 67 (6.2%) 88 (4.6%) 51 (6.2%)
   Depression (ICD9: 311.0) 157 (6.0%) 5 (0.5%) 110 (5.8%) 2 (0.2%)
   Eczema (ICD9: 692.9) 200 (7.6%) 48 (4.5%) 154 (8.1%) 42 (5.1%)
   Multiple infections (ICD9: 796.6) 140 (5.3%) 183 (17.0%) 105 (5.5%) 141 (17.2%)
   Migraine (ICD9: 346.9) 202 (7.7%) 16 (1.5%) 146 (7.7%) 12 (1.5%)
   Atopic dermatitis (ICD9: 691.8) 131 (5.0%) 216 (20.1%) 99 (5.2%) 175 (21.4%)
   Allergic rhinitis (ICD9: 477.9) 215 (8.2%) 58 (5.4%) 161 (8.5%) 45 (5.5%)
   Headache (ICD9: 784.0) 216 (8.2%) 71 (6.6%) 155 (8.1%) 45 (5.5%)
   Sleep disorders (ICD9: 780.5) 185 (7.0%) 77 (7.2%) 127 (6.7%) 58 (7.1%)
  1. * Multiple diagnoses allowed