Table 3.

Respondents’ Attitudes to the Question, If Complementary and Alternative Medicine Was Provided in a Primary Care Clinic, Who Should Offer Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatment?

CAM ProviderParticipants* (n [%])P
Primary Care Physicians (n = 327; 327 responses)CAM Practitioners (n = 234; 264 responses)
CAM practitioner non-MD135 (40.9)199 (75.4)<.0001
CAM practitioner MD119 (36.1)31 (11.7)<.0001
Family physician in the clinic48 (14.5)9 (3.4)<.0001
Nurse6 (1.8)5 (2.1)NS
Pharmacist4 (1.2)4 (1.9)NS
Other15 (4.5)16 (6.1)NS
  • Data analysis was performed by Pearson's χ2 test. NS, not significant; CAM, complementary and alternative medicine.

  • * Three hundred twenty-seven of 333 primary care physicians and 234 of 241 CAM practitioners responded this question. Respondents were asked to focus on merely one option but were able to choose several options. Thus, number of responses is higher than the number of respondents. The data in the table refer to number of responses.