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Table 4 Factors related to GPs' recommendation and practice of CAM: results from multivariate analysis

From: General practitioners' knowledge and practice of complementary/alternative medicine and its relationship with life-styles: a population-based survey in Italy

Characteristics CAM recommendation (*) CAM practice (°)
  GPs multivariate logistic model GPs multivariate logistic model
  no. (%) OR+ 95% CI p value no. (%) OR+ 95% CI p value
Age           
   < 54 675 60.0 1.0   <0.001 148 13.0 1.0   0.016
   ≥ 54 187 52.7 0.7 0.5–0.8   46 12.8 0.7 0.5–0.9  
Sex           
   male 602 55.7 1.0   <0.001 127 11.9 1.0   0.002
   female 269 68.1 1.7 1.5–1.8   70 17.9 1.3 1.1–1.5  
Veget./macrobiotic diet           
   no 759 57.2 1.0   0.021 174 13.0 1.0   0.012
   yes 23 79.2 2.1 1.1–3.8   10 36.8 2.3 1.2–4.5  
Physical activity           
   no 86 49.8 1.0   <0.001 25 14.6 1.0   0.707
   yes 685 58.7 1.7 1.3–2.0   157 13.4 0.9 0.6–1.3  
Certificated CAM training           
   no 709 54.1 1.0   <0.001 71 5.3 1.0   <0.001
   yes 155 88.1 7.4 5.3–10.1   126 71.9 47.6 36.3–62.3  
No. inhabitants in the area of medical practice           
   ≤ 10.000 176 52.5 1.0   0.002 40 12.6 1.0   0.020
   10.001 – 50.000 304 58.2 1.2 0.9–1.4   74 13.8 1.5 1.0–2.1  
   > 50.000 388 60.5 1.4 1.1–1.6   82 12.5 1.7 1.1–2.4  
  1. (*) sometimes or often vs never
  2. (°) current vs never or in the past only
  3. + ORs are adjusted for all listed variables