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Table 4 Prevalence of help-seeking behavior for mild symptoms

From: What resources do elderly people choose for managing their symptoms? Clarification of rural older people’s choices of help-seeking behaviors in Japan

HSB Mild symptoms
N Percentage
Doing nothing 10 3.1
Self-care (changing lifestyles, sleeping, resting, taking a bath) 146 46.3
Seeking information 42 13.3
Consulting family and friends 126 40.0
Consulting community members 10 3.2
Using complementary medicine 27 8.6
Using home medicine 129 41.0
Using OTC drugs 97 30.8
Consulting pharmacists 15 4.8
Consulting primary care physicians 227 72.1
Visiting medical institutions other than primary care physicians 19 6.0
Visiting the emergency room of general hospitals (including calling for an ambulance) 17 5.4
  1. HSB Help-seeking behavior, OTC Over-the-counter