The trends of utilization in traditional Chinese medicine in Taiwan from 2000 to 2010: A population-based study


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Abstract

Introduction:There is no study exploring the trend of utilization in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) from 2000 to 2010. The objective of this study was to investigate the trends of TCM utilization among 3 cross-sectional cohorts of 2000, 2005, and 2010.Method:This study was a cross-sectional analysis of TCM utilization over time. We compared the mean TCM visits among 3 cohorts of 2000, 2005, and 2010. We derived 3 randomly sampled cohorts of nearly 1 million representative beneficiaries in each of 2000, 2005, and 2010 from National Health Insurance Research Database for this research. Multivariate logistic regression was performed to evaluate the relative relationship in categorical variables correlating to TCM users. The percentage change (% change) in mean TCM visits between 2000 and 2005 (2010) was used to evaluate the trends of TCM utilization during the period.Results:The ratio of TCM users increased throughout cohorts. The ratio of TCM users among women was more than that among men in all cohorts of 2000, 2005, and 2010 (adjusted odds ratio = 1.47; 1.52; 1.62). The mean TCM visits increased from 2000 to 2010. The percentage change in mean TCM visits among women was more than that among men. The group aged less than 20 years had the least percentage change in mean TCM visits (18.8%); nevertheless, the group aged 20 to 34 years had the largest change (30.2%). The high socioeconomic status group had the largest percentage change in mean visits to TCM, whereas the central region had the least percentage change. Neoplasms had the greatest increase in percentage change in mean TCM visits among all disease categories; in contrast, diseases of the respiratory system had the greatest decrease.Conclusion:Both the ratio of TCM users and mean TCM visits increased gradually from 2000 to 2005 and further to 2010. Women used TCM more than men, and this is expected to continue in the future. The high socioeconomic status group used TCM more and more over time. The picture of TCM need among different types of cancer patients should be explored in further research because of the substantial increase in TCM utilization for the disease category of neoplasms.

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