Table 4

Attitudes of patients with SADD towards complementary medicine as measured by the CAMBI (attitudes towards complementary and alternative medicine beliefs inventory) questionnaire (EPI3 Survey, n=1572)

Type of practice
GP-Mx vs GP-CMGP-Ho vs GP-CM
OR* (95% CI)OR* (95% CI)
1. Treatments should have no negative side effects1.11 (0.94 to 1.33)1.70 (1.43 to 1.93)
2. It is important to me that treatments are not toxic0.85 (0.65 to 1.14)1.55 (1.41 to 2.03)
3. Treatments should only use natural ingredients1.07 (0.97 to 1.08)2.02 (1.87 to 2.47)
4. It is important that treatments boost my immune system1.12 (0.93 to 1.18)1.65 (1.38 to 2.11)
5. Treatments should allow my body to heal itself1.28 (1.13 to 1.38)2.02 (1.77 to 2.18)
6. Treatments should increase my natural ability to keep healthy1.05 (1.01 to 1.34)1.54 (1.64 to 2.27)
7. Treatment providers should treat patients as equals1.01 (0.89 to 1.17)1.24 (1.08 to 1.67)
8. Patients should take an active role in their treatment0.88 (0.81 to 1.06)1.75 (1.18 to 1.81)
9. Treatment providers should make all decisions about treatment0.85 (0.74 to 1.07)1.37 (1.21 to 1.54)
10. Treatment providers should help patients make their own decisions about treatment0.94 (0.86 to 1.11)2.43 (1.89 to 2.43)
11. Treatment providers control what is discussed during consultations1.04 (0.85 to 1.19)1.37 (1.18 to 1.45)
12. Health is about harmonising your body, mind and spirit1.08 (0.95 to 1.20)2.33 (1.55 to 2.45)
13. Imbalances in people's lives are a major cause of illness1.15 (1.02 to 1.27)2.07 (1.66 to 2.07)
14. Treatments should focus only on symptoms rather than the whole person0.82 (0.78 to 1.04)2.44 (1.75 to 2.45)
15. Treatments should focus on people's overall well-being1.21 (1.01 to 1.44)1.53 (1.48 to 1.95)
16. I think my body has a natural ability to heal itself1.13 (0.95 to 1.22)2.43 (1.70 to 2.22)
17. There is no need for treatments to be associated to natural healing power1.00 (0.77 to 1.07)1.56 (1.33 to 1.81)
CAMBI Total score>Q31.05 (0.92 to 1.29)3.65 (2.94 to 3.77)
CAMBI sub-scores:
▸ Natural treatment>Q31.15 (1.03 to 1.26)2.08 (1.78 to 2.32)
▸ Patient's participation>Q30.95 (0.81 to 1.03)1.43 (1.23 to 1.77)
▸ Holistic medicine>Q31.15 (0.95 to 1.17)2.75 (2.55 to 3.24)
  • *Adjusted for age, gender and educational level.

  • GP-CM, general practitioner strictly practising conventional medicine; GP-Ho, general practitioner with a certification in homeopathic care; GP-Mx, general practitioner with mixed practice.