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Table 2 Characteristics of and perceptions towards primary care providers of 275 Michigan medical cannabis patients

From: Communication between healthcare providers and medical cannabis patients regarding referral and medication substitution

Variables and responses Value
Number of physicians visited to obtain medical cannabis authorization
 1 75.3% (n = 207)
 2 18.9% (n = 52)
 3 2.9% (n = 8)
 4 0.7% (n = 2)
 5 0.4% (n = 1)
 6 0.4% (n = 1)
 Missing 1.5% (n = 4)
Primary care provider’s knowledge about medical cannabis
 Poor 32.4% (n = 89)
 Fair 27.3% (n = 75)
 Good 22.2% (n = 61)
 Very good 12.4% (n = 34)
 Excellent 4.4% (n = 12)
 Missing 1.5% (n = 4)
Confidence in primary care provider’s ability to integrate medical cannabis into treatment
 Not at all confident 46.2% (n = 127)
 Somewhat confident 16.7% (n = 46)
 Moderately confident 16.7% (n = 46)
 Very confident 10.2% (n = 28)
 Completely confident 8.7% (n = 24)
 Missing 1.5% (n = 4)
Primary care provider’s level of support for medical cannabis
 Not at all supportive 25.1% (n = 69)
 Somewhat supportive 28.4% (n = 78)
 Moderately supportive 21.1% (n = 58)
 Very supportive 12.4% (n = 34)
 Completely supportive 11.6% (n = 32)
 Missing 1.5% (n = 4)
  1. The majority of participants felt that their PCPs knowledge of medical cannabis was poor were not confident in their PCP’s ability to integrate medical cannabis into treatment, and viewed the PCP as not at all or somewhat supportive of medical cannabis
  2. PCP primary care provider