Table 6

Percentage distribution of diseases categories for 156,224,266 traditional Chinese medicine visits by different age groups, 1996–2001, in Taiwan*

Major disease category

Years of age

0–19

20–39

40–59

>60


Symptoms, signs, ill-defined conditions

13.2

13.2

15.0

16.2

Musculoskeletal system

5.3

15.5

21.0

25.4

Nervous system and sense organs

1.1

2.6

4.2

5.6

Circulatory system

0.2

1.1

2.6

5.6

Endocrine and metabolic diseases

0.2

0.8

1.8

2.3

Mental disorders

0.2

0.7

1.0

1.0

Neoplasm

0.1

0.2

0.4

0.4

Digestive system

9.5

12.9

13.9

13.6

Infectious and parasitic diseases

0.3

0.6

0.5

0.4

Genitourinary system

3.9

10.9

6.7

3.5

Respiratory system

48.3

22.6

20.4

18.6

Skin and subcutaneous tissue

4.0

4.3

2.2

1.7

Injury and poisoning

14.0

15.3

11.9

8.5


*5,836,651 (3.8%) visits had more than one diagnosis. Percentages increased with age. Percentages decreased with age.

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

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