Table 4

Predictive factors for referral of patients by GPs to acupuncture at least once per month by rural and regional GPs in New South Wales, Australia (n=573)

FactorOR95% CI
Age
 25–441.00
 45–543.371.84 to 6.17
 >556.083.01 to 12.29
Sex
 Female1.00
 Male0.340.19 to 0.62
RRMA category
 Rural1.00
 Remote0.160.05 to 0.53
Knowledge of acupuncture
 Poor or very poor1.00
 Satisfactory3.311.94 to 5.64
 Excellent or very good5.542.96 to 10.38
Do you use CAM for your own health?
 Never1.00
 Once or a few times per year2.261.27 to 4.03
 Regularly or often2.371.31 to 4.31
Lack of other options
 No1.00
 Yes4.311.80 to 10.34
CAM practitioners a major source of information
 No1.00
 Yes3.051.53 to 6.07
Have prescribed CAM previously
 No1.00
 Yes2.991.76 to 5.07
  • CAM, complementary and alternative medicine; GPs, general practitioners; RRMA, Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area.