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Table 3 Provider Beliefs about Specific Diseases and Symptom Control, and Perceived Benefits to Patient Quality of Life, N (%)

From: A survey of the attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about medical cannabis among primary care providers

  Positive Neutral Negative Don’t Know
1 2 3 4 5 6
Qualifying Medical Conditions (H)
 Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting 20 (32.3) 29 (46.8) 2 (3.2) 0 (0.0) 2 (3.2) 9 (14.5)
 Glaucoma, missing = 1 3 (4.9) 19 (31.2) 7 (11.5) 0 (0.0) 2 (3.3) 30 (49.2)
 HIV/AIDS 4 (6.5) 12 (19.4) 12 (19.4) 0 (0.0) 4 (6.5) 30 (48.4)
 Tourette Syndrome 3 (4.8) 13 (21.0) 10 (16.1) 1 (1.6) 2 (3.2) 33 (53.2)
 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 5 (8.1) 12 (19.4) 8 (12.9) 0 (0.0) 3 (4.8) 34 (54.8)
 Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy 8 (12.9) 18 (29.0) 8 (12.9) 1 (1.6) 2 (3.2) 25 (40.3)
 Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis 8 (12.9) 23 (37.1) 7 (11.3) 0 (0.0) 3 (4.8) 21 (33.9)
 Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease 3 (4.8) 8 (12.9) 12 (19.4) 1 (1.6) 5 (8.1) 33 (53.2)
 Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year 14 (22.6) 23 (37.1) 4 (6.5) 1 (1.6) 2 (3.2) 18 (29.0)
 Intractable pain 14 (22.6) 28 (45.2) 3 (4.8) 2 (3.2) 4 (6.5) 11 (17.7)
 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, missing = 2 5 (8.3) 10 (16.7) 11 (18.3) 1 (1.7) 2 (3.3) 31 (51.7)
 Obstructive Sleep apnea 1 (1.6) 2 (3.2) 13 (21.0) 4 (6.5) 8 (12.9) 34 (54.8)
 Autism 2 (3.2) 1 (1.6) 11 (17.7) 4 (6.5) 7 (11.3) 37 (59.7)
Symptoms (H)
 Pain 12 (19.4) 37 (59.7) 2 (3.2) 0 (0.0) 4 (6.5) 7 (11.3)
 Seizures 10 (16.1) 20 (32.3) 9 (14.5) 2 (3.2) 2 (3.2) 19 (30.7)
 Nausea and/or vomiting 9 (14.5) 33 (52.3) 5 (8.1) 3 (4.8) 2 (3.2) 10 (16.1)
 Muscle spasms 4 (6.5) 20 (32.3) 15 (24.2) 0 (0.0) 3 (4.8) 20 (32.3)
 Anxiety 8 (12.9) 28 (45.2) 6 (9.7) 6 (9.7) 4 (6.5) 10 (16.1)
 Depression 3 (4.8) 8 (12.9) 7 (11.3) 20 (32.3) 11 (17.7) 13 (21.0)
 Sleeplessness 4 (6.5) 17 (27.4) 12 (19.4) 3 (4.8) 6 (9.7) 20 (32.3)
 Weight loss 5 (8.1) 7 (11.3) 12 (19.4) 6 (9.7) 10 (16.1) 22 (35.5)
 Tics 3 (4.8) 13 (21.0) 9 (14.5) 2 (3.2) 2 (3.2) 33 (53.2)
Quality of Life (E)
 Physical functioning 4 (6.5) 10 (16.1) 18 (29.0) 10 (16.1) 4 (6.5) 16 (25.8)
 Energy level 2 (3.2) 4 (6.5) 15 (24.2) 9 (14.5) 10 (16.1) 22 (35.5)
 Mood 3 (4.8) 10 (16.1) 17 (27.4) 10 (16.1) 5 (8.1) 17 (27.4)
 Enjoyment of life 3 (4.8) 15 (24.2) 18 (29.0) 5 (8.1) 3 (4.8) 18 (29.0)
 Social engagement (visiting with friends and family), missing = 1 4 (6.6) 10 (16.4) 16 (26.2) 9 (14.8) 3 (4.9) 19 (31.2)
 Ability to work 2 (3.2) 9 (14.5) 12 (19.4) 11 (17.7) 8 (12.9) 20 (32.3)
 Sense of hope, missing = 1 4 (6.6) 11 (18.0) 14 (23.0) 9 (14.8) 4 (6.7) 19 (31.2)
  1. (H) Helpfulness Scale (1, Very helpful; 2, Somewhat helpful; 3, Neither helpful nor not helpful; 4, Somewhat not helpful; 5, Not at all helpful; 6, Don’t know)
  2. (E) Extent Scale (1, A great deal; 2, Quite a bit; 3, Somewhat; 4, Very little; 5, Not at all; 6, Don’t know)