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Table 5 Motivation for Chinese medicine use among patients and communication with Western medicine physicians

From: Cancer patients' attitudes towards Chinese medicine: a Hong Kong survey

Characteristics N (%)
Motivation for using Chinese medicine (N = 449)
Recommendation from relatives, ward-mates or others 305 (67.9)
Will of patients themselves 234 (52.1)
Recommendations from physicians 17 (3.8)
Other 6 (1.3)
Consulted with Western medicine physicians about Chinese medicine use
Yes 175 (39.0)
No 274 (61.0)
If 'yes', physician's response
Encourage 51 (29.1)
Neutral 87 (49.7)
Discourage 35 (20.0)
Other 2 (1.1)
If 'no', why
Doctor never asked 129 (47.1)
Patients thought Western medicine physician would not agree 116 (42.3)
Unnecessary to inform Western medicine physician 77 (28.1)
Other 9 (3.3)
  1. Data are presented as the actual number of patients (percentage in that group).