Table 2

Age-specific usage frequency of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) during the 6-year period from 1996 to 2001 in Taiwan

Age (years)

Number of total population*

Number of subjects using TCM (%)

Number of TCM visits


≤10

3,045,723

376,098 (12.3%)

3,585,106

11–20

3,384,508

2,087,947 (61.7%)

18,557,467

21–30

3,821,115

2,507,902 (65.6%)

22,970,206

31–40

3,802,330

2,509,366 (66.0%)

30,974,575

41–50

3,538,240

2,195,505 (62.1%)

29,908,451

51–60

2,051,260

1,209,673 (59.0%)

16,445,165

61–70

1,445,062

935,722 (64.8%)

13,234,416

71–80

989,984

580,621 (58.6%)

8,389,902

≥81

327,346

171,239 (52.3%)

2,084,788


*Total population number was obtained from Department of Internal Affairs, Executive Yuan, Taiwan, and data at the end of 2001 are presented.

Chen et al. BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:26   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-7-26

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