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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(11), 14043-14054; doi:10.3390/ijerph121114043

Ambulatory Care Visits to Pediatricians in Taiwan: A Nationwide Analysis

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Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, No. 155, Section 2, Linong Street, Taipei 112, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Education, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, No. 201, Section 2, Shi-Pai Rd., Taipei 112, Taiwan
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Division of Family Medicine, National Yang-Ming University Hospital, No. 152, Xinmin Rd., Yilan City, Yilan County 260, Taiwan
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Department of Family Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, No. 201, Section 2, Shi-Pai Rd., Taipei 112, Taiwan
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Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, No. 155, Section 2, Linong Street, Taipei 112, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 30 September 2015 / Revised: 24 October 2015 / Accepted: 28 October 2015 / Published: 2 November 2015
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Abstract

Pediatricians play a key role in the healthy development of children. Nevertheless, the practice patterns of pediatricians have seldom been investigated. The current study analyzed the nationwide profiles of ambulatory visits to pediatricians in Taiwan, using the National Health Insurance Research Database. From a dataset that was randomly sampled one out of every 500 records among a total of 309,880,000 visits in 2012 in the country, 9.8% (n = 60,717) of the visits were found paid to pediatricians. Children and adolescents accounted for only 69.3% of the visits to pediatricians. Male pediatricians provided 80.5% of the services and the main workforces were those aged 40–49 years. The most frequent diagnoses were respiratory tract diseases (64.7%) and anti-histamine agents were prescribed in 48.8% of the visits to pediatricians. Our detailed results could contribute to evidence-based discussions on health policymaking. View Full-Text
Keywords: Pediatricians; national health insurance; ambulatory visits Pediatricians; national health insurance; ambulatory visits
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Yang, L.-Y.; Lynn, A.-M.; Chen, T.-J. Ambulatory Care Visits to Pediatricians in Taiwan: A Nationwide Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 14043-14054.

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