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Table 3 Demographic, socioeconomic and health related characteristics among Chinese medical services and OTC medication users

From: Use of chinese and western over-the-counter medications in Hong Kong

   Visited Chinese medicine practitioners only (%) Used Chinese OTC medications only (%) Consulted Chinese medicine practitioners and used Chinese OTC medications (%) p-valuea
Gender Male 19.9 61.9 18.2 p < 0.001
Female 23.9 51.7 24.4  
Age 15-29 26.9 57.3 15.8 p < 0.001
30-39 29.4 50.8 19.7  
40-49 24.1 52.4 23.5  
50-59 21.9 56.0 22.2  
60-69 16.5 57.6 25.9  
70+ 12.7 66.1 21.3  
Education level Below primary 12.8 66.2 21.1 p < 0.001
Primary 18.5 56.8 24.7  
Secondary 22.8 56.5 20.6  
Tertiary 34.1 44.6 21.2  
Currently married Yes 22.1 55.5 22.4  
No 22.2 57.5 20.3  
Self reported health Excellent or very good 23.8 59.2 17.1 p < 0.001
Good or fair 22.0 55.8 22.2  
poor 22.0 55.4 22.6  
Self reported chronic disease status Yes 17.3 57.8 24.9 p < 0.001
No 23.8 55.5 20.6  
Drinking habit Yes 22.6 55.6 21.8 p < 0.001
No 22.1 56.2 21.7  
Current smoker Yes 18.5 62.1 19.4 p < 0.001
No 22.9 54.9 22.2  
Moderate exercise >= 2.5 hours/week Yes 23.2 54.3 22.5 p < 0.001
No 21.7 56.9 21.4  
Possession of western medicine insurance Yes 30.5 48.8 20.8 p < 0.001
No 19.7 58.3 22.0  
Possession of Chinese medicine insurance Yes 38.6 36.1 25.4 p < 0.001
No 20.8 57.7 21.4  
Total   22.2 56.1 21.7  
Mean personal monthly income in Hong Kong dollars b (Standard Error) $12060 ($350.59) $8180 ($151.10) $9305 ($306.72)   p < 0.001
  1. a: All from Chi square test for independence except for mean personal monthly income, in which one way ANOVA were used
  2. b: HKD$ 7.8 = USD$ 1.0