The perceived effectiveness of CAM was reported in 16 (61.5%) surveys. The average perceived effectiveness of CAM was 60.5% (range: 42–98. cool . The incidence rates of adverse effects (AEs) were reported in 3 (11.5%) surveys. The average rate of AEs of CAM was 11.8% (range: 10.7–12.9). A reference to PD153035 hydrochloride costs of CAM was provided in 2 (7.6%) surveys.
On average, 41% of women indicated the media as their primary source of information about CAM. On average, medical personnel were considered the primary source of information in 29.5% of surveys. Fifty-five percent of women did not disclose the use of CAM to medically qualified staff.
Three (11.5%) of the surveys used validated questionnaires to investigate prevalence rates. Fifteen surveys (57.6%) employed a lymphatic circulation random sampling method. Eleven surveys (42%) had a response rate in excess of 70% (average = 65.4%; range: 10–100). Nine surveys (34.6%) had a sample size above 1000. Altogether, four surveys (15.3%) met three of the above criteria and were considered to be methodologically sound [11], [12], [13] and [14].