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Table 1 Characteristics of included studies (n = 81).

From: Use of Chinese medicine by cancer patients: a review of surveys

  Number of studies %
Year (in 5-year blocks)
   2010 7 8.6
   2009-2005 49 60.5
   2004-2000 22 27.2
   1999-1995 3 3.7
Country (by region)
   North America 35 43.2
   UK & Europe 20 24.7
   Asia 19 23.5
   Middle East 3 3.7
   Australia and New Zealand 3 3.7
   Multiple 1 1.2
Country or region (by individual countries or regions)
   US 27 33.3
   Canada 8 9.9
   UK 7 8.6
   Europe 6 7.4
   Taiwan 4 4.9
   Other individual countries 29 35.9
Group setting
   Hospital including outpatient clinics, cancer institutes, palliative care 57 70.4
   Cancer/tumour registry 12 14.8
   General Population 6 7.4
   Other 6 7.4
Data Collection Methods
   Self-report questionnaire 42 51.9
   Interviewer led (in person or telephone) 37 45.7
   Database e.g. insurance claims 2 2.5
Sampling method
   Random 18 22.2
   Systematic 6 7.4
   Stratified 7 8.6
   Convenience 50 61.7
Cancer type
   Various (mixed cancers within groups) 40 49.4
   Breast 21 25.9
   Prostate 5 6.2
   Other 15 18.5
Gender, mean %
   Female   66.7
   Male   33.2
Age, mean (Missing data = 31) 56.0  
Marital status, mean % (Missing data = 34)
   Married or de-facto   70.6
   Other   29.4
Education, mean % (Missing data = 27)
   Primary School   12.3
   High School   35.8
   University   18.5