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Table 3 Other factors associated with referral to CMPs by rural and regional GPs in New South Wales, Australia

From: Referral to Chinese medicine practitioners in Australian primary care: a survey of New South Wales rural and regional general practitioners

Factors Referral to CM practitioner P value
Weekly or monthly Seldom or never
  (%) (%)  
Level of knowledge on CM Excellent 1.3 9.8 < 0.001
Very Good 4.2 31.2  
Satisfactory 20.0 41.0  
Poor 51.2 8.2  
Very Poor 23.2 9.8  
Percentage of patients who have asked about CAM < 10% 36.1 35.3 < 0.001
11-25% 8.2 46.4  
26-50% 6.6 8.4  
> 50% 49.2 9.9  
Personal CAM use by GP Regularly 54.1 8.0 < 0.001
Often 21.3 17.4  
Once/Rarely 14.8 32.6  
Never, but would consider 9.8 13.4  
Never, and would not consider 0.0 27.3  
Access to medical specialists in areas is a problem Yes 4.9 2.5 0.279
No 95.1 97.5  
Patient request for referral to CM Yes 29.5 45.2 0.021
No 70.5 54.8  
Lack of other options available for treatment Yes 19.7 10.3 < 0.001
No 75.4 89.7  
Positive results with CM previously Yes 83.6 44.5 < 0.001
No 16.4 55.5  
CAM practitioner are a major source of CAM information Yes 31.2 18.1 0.017
No 68.8 81.9  
Patients are a major source of CAM information Yes 41.0 47.9 0.307
  No 59.0 52.1  
Belief in efficacy of CM? Yes 90.2 37.8 < 0.001
No 9.8 62.2  
GP Interested in increasing CAM knowledge? Yes 83.6 51.9 < 0.001
No 16.4 48.1  
Have prescribed CAM to patients previously? Yes 78.7 71.2 0.219
No 21.3 28.8  
GP comfort level with CM Comfortable in general 51.7 3.5 < 0.001
Only in specific circumstances 31.0 12.4  
Only if I knew them in person 17.2 26.5  
I would not refer 0.0 57.1