Pattern of Ambulatory Care Visits to Obstetrician-Gynecologists in Taiwan: A Nationwide Analysis
AbstractAlthough obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) are the main actors in the provision of health care to women, their practice patterns have rarely been analyzed. The current study investigated the nationwide ambulatory visits to OB-GYNs in Taiwan using the National Health Insurance Research Database. From the 1/500 sampling datasets indicating 619,760 ambulatory visits in 2012, it was found that 5.8% (n = 35,697) of the visits were made to OB-GYNs. Two-fifths of the services provided were performed by male OB-GYNs aged 50–59 years. Women of childbearing age accounted for more than half of the visits to OB-GYNs (57.2%), and elderly patients above 60 years accounted for only 7.7%. The most frequent diagnoses were menstrual disorders and other forms of abnormal bleeding from the female genital tract (13.1%). Anti-infective agents were prescribed in 15.1% of the visits to OB-GYNs. The study revealed the proportion of aging practicing OB-GYNs, and our detailed results could contribute to evidence-based discussions on health policymaking. View Full-Text
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Lynn, A.-M.; Lai, L.-J.; Lin, M.-H.; Chen, T.-J.; Hwang, S.-J.; Wang, P.-H. Pattern of Ambulatory Care Visits to Obstetrician-Gynecologists in Taiwan: A Nationwide Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 6832-6841.
Lynn A-M, Lai L-J, Lin M-H, Chen T-J, Hwang S-J, Wang P-H. Pattern of Ambulatory Care Visits to Obstetrician-Gynecologists in Taiwan: A Nationwide Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(6):6832-6841.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lynn, An-Min; Lai, Li-Jung; Lin, Ming-Hwai; Chen, Tzeng-Ji; Hwang, Shinn-Jang; Wang, Peng-Hui. 2015. "Pattern of Ambulatory Care Visits to Obstetrician-Gynecologists in Taiwan: A Nationwide Analysis." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 6: 6832-6841.