Table 4

Severity of illness at presentation by receipt of complementary treatment (CT) during the acute illness

CT Users (n = 44)Non-CT users (n = 207)p Value
Nurse triage score (% ⩽3) 46 530.38
Maximum heart rate (HR)  (beats/min)155 (145 to 165)162 (158 to 166)0.62
Hours HR > 98th%  2.4 (0 to 9)  2.6 (0 to 9)0.78
Maximum respiratory rate (RR)  (breaths/min) 38 (28 to 48) 44 (32 to 56)0.09
Hours RR > 98th%  2.5 (0 to 14)  3.3(0 to 14)0.91
Maximum temperature (°C) 38.3 (37.1 to 38.9) 37.6 (36.9 to 38.6)0.52
  • Nurse triage score is a five point rating scale indicating those most urgent of medical attention: 1, see immediately; 2, see within 10 minutes; 3, see within 30 minutes; 4, see within one hour; 5, see within two hours.

  • Maximum HR expressed as mean (95% confidence intervals).

  • Other variables expressed as median (interquartile range).