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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(5), 499; doi:10.3390/ijerph14050499

Pattern of Visits to Older Family Physicians in Taiwan

Department of Family Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, No. 201, Sec. 2, Shi-Pai Road, Taipei 112, Taiwan
School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, No. 155, Sec. 2, Linong Street, Taipei 112, Taiwan
Department of Public Finance, National Chengchi University, No. 64, Sec. 2, Zhi-Nan Road, Taipei 116, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 30 March 2017 / Revised: 27 April 2017 / Accepted: 27 April 2017 / Published: 8 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Global Health)
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Many family physicians still practice at an old age. Nevertheless, their practice patterns have scarcely been studied. To address this lack of research, the current study analyzed claims data for a total of 2,018,440 visits to 171 family physicians in 2011 sourced from Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database. Family physicians aged 65 years and over had fewer patients (mean: 2330, standard deviation (SD): 2019) and visits (mean: 9220, SD: 8600) than younger physicians had. Furthermore, the average age of the patients who visited physicians aged 65 years and over was 51.9 (SD: 21.5) years, significantly higher than that of patients who visited younger physicians. However, the proportions of visits for upper respiratory tract infections, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia did not differ significantly among different age groups of physicians. In the future, the manpower planning of physicians should take into consideration the age structure and work profile of physicians. View Full-Text
Keywords: aged; ambulatory care; family physicians; national health programs; Taiwan aged; ambulatory care; family physicians; national health programs; Taiwan

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Liu, H.-Y.; Liu, C.-C.; Shen, T.-H.; Wang, Y.-J.; Liu, J.-Y.; Chen, T.-J.; Chou, L.-F.; Hwang, S.-J. Pattern of Visits to Older Family Physicians in Taiwan. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 499.

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