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Table 6 Use of Other Treatment and Health Care Services during Study (24 Months)

From: Homeopathic treatment of patients with chronic sinusitis: A prospective observational study with 8 years follow-up

  Baseline 3 Months 12 Months 24 Months
Patients Using Conventional Drugs (% & N) †*
Any Drug 54.5% (73) 31.3% (42) 34.3% (46) 33.6% (45)
ATC-Class J-Systemic Anti-Infectives 6.0% (8) 1.5% (2) 0.7% (1) 0.7% (1)
ATC-Class R-Respiratory system 37.3% (50) 18.7% (25) 10.4% (14) 9.7% (13)
Antibiotics 4.5% (6) 0.7% (1) 0.7% (1) 0% (0)
Corticosteroids 1.5% (2) 0.0% (0) 0.7% (1) 0% (0)
Patients Using Nonpharmaceutical Treatments (% & N) †*
Any Therapy 71.6% (96) 20.9% (28) 35.1% (47) 43.3% (58)
Surgery 32.1% (43) 3.0% (4) 9.0% (12) 14.2% (19)
Non-Surgical 64.2% (86) 19.4% (26) 31.3% (42) 39.6% (53)
Acupuncture 25.4% (34) 3.0% (4) 6.7% (9) 9.0% (12)
Patients Consulting Other Health Care (% & N) †*
Any Physician 98.5% (132) 41.0% (55) 65.7% (88) 77.6% (104)
General Practitioner 71.6% (96) 11.9% (16) 23.9% (32) 36.6% (49)
ENT-specialist 67.9% (91) 10.4% (14) 18.7% (25) 25.4% (34)
Allergy specialist 0.7% (1) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.7% (1)
Pulmonary specialist 7.5% (10) 2.2% (3) 3.7% (5) 5.2% (7)
Surgery 5.2% (7) 0.7% (1) 3.0% (4) 5.2% (7)
Hospital 25.4% (34) 2.2% (3) 9.7% (13) 12.7% (17)
Any CAM Treatment 25.4% (34) 0.7% (1) 5.2% (7) 10.4% (14)
Other Homeopath 20.9% (28) 0.7% (1) 2.2% (3) 5.2% (7)
Non-medical CAM Practitioner 3.7% (5) 0.0% (0) 2.2% (3) 3.0% (4)
   Months 1–3 Months 4–12 Months 12–24
Referrals By Study Homeopath (Patients, % & N) ‡
Any Physician * -- 0.0% (0) 0.7% (1) 3.0% (4)
Hospital, Surgery -- 0.0% (0) 0.7% (1) 0.7% (1)
  1. Multiple answers possible. Patients' answers, physicians' answers. * Including all diagnoses/complaints and routine checks (e.g., dentist, gynaecologist). ATC = Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System.