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New Findings on Health Insurance Discussed by Researchers at China Medical University and Hospital (Trends in use of acupuncture among adults in Taiwan from 2002 to 2011: A nationwide population-based study)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Managed Care Weekly Digest — A new study on Health Insurance is now available. According to news reporting originating from Taichung, Taiwan, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “In recent years, acupuncture has gained in popularity worldwide. However, recent epidemiological studies are lacking.”
Financial supporters for this research include China Medical University (TW), China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare Clinical Trial and Research Center of Excellence (see also Health Insurance).
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from China Medical University and Hospital, “We conducted this study to investigate the trends in acupuncture utilization among adults in Taiwan from 2002 to 2011. We analyzed data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 (LHID 2000), which contains all original claims data for 1 million beneficiaries randomly sampled from the registry of all beneficiaries enrolled in the National Health Insurance (NHI) program in 2000. The one-year prevalence of acupuncture use among adults increased from 7.98% in 2002 to 10.9% in 2011. Acupuncture use significantly increased yearly (incidence rate ratio=1.04, 95% CI=1.03-1.05, p<0.001). Patients who were female, were middle-aged, resided in highly urbanized areas and suffered from injury or disorders of the musculoskeletal system were prone to more frequent acupuncture use. Our study revealed that the utilization of acupuncture became increasingly popular in Taiwan from 2002 to 2011.”
According to the news editors, the research concluded: “Our findings may provide useful information for clinical practice and research as well as for health policy decision making.”
For more information on this research see: Trends in use of acupuncture among adults in Taiwan from 2002 to 2011: A nationwide population-based study. Plos One, 2018;13(4):e0195490. (Public Library of Science – www.plos.org; Plos One – www.plosone.org)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.Y. Wu, Dept. of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan. Additional authors for this research include Y.C. Lee, C.L. Lin, M.C. Huang, M.F. Sun and H.R Yen.
The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195490. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Taiwan, Taichung, Epidemiology, Health Insurance, Health and Medicine.
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