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Table 1 Demographic features of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) users for pediatric atopic dermatitis in Taiwan in 2007

From: Characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine users and prescription analysis for pediatric atopic dermatitis: a population-based study

Demographic features TCM users n = 13,646 TCM nonusers n = 28,457 aOR 95 % CI p-value
Sex      
 Female (%) 6973 (51.1) 13,292 (46.7) 1   
 Male (%) 6673 (48.9) 15,165 (53.3) 0.83 0.79–0.86 <0.001
Age (mean (SD)) 7.81 (3.4) 5.00 (3.7)    <0.001
 Infants, <1 (%) 348 (2.6) 4986 (17.5) 1   
 Toddlers, 1–2 (%) 1230 (9.0) 6396 (22.5) 2.78 2.45–3.16 <0.001
 Pre-schools, 3–5 (%) 2657 (19.5) 6036 (21.2) 5.57 4.94–6.29 <0.001
 School ages, 6–12 (%) 9411 (69.0) 11,039 (38.8) 10.0 8.88–11.15 <0.001
Combined allergic diseases      
 Asthma (%) 1381 (10.1) 2057 (7.2) 0.87 0.77–0.99 0.041
 Allergic rhinitis (%) 4565 (33.5) 3877 (13.6) 2.44 2.10–2.85 <0.001
 Bronchitis (%) 4604 (33.7) 12,220 (42.9) 0.53 0.45–0.62 <0.001
Number of combined allergic diseases      
 0 6293 (46.1) 14,604 (51.3) 1   
 1 4774 (35.0) 10,418 (36.6) 1.33 1.14–1.55 <0.001
  ≥ 2 2579 (18.9) 3435 (12.0) 1.34 1.02–1.90 0.039
Geo-location      
 Northern area 6144 (45.0) 14,191 (49.9) 1   
 Middle area 3624 (26.6) 5413 (19.0) 1.77 1.67–1.89 <0.001
 South area 3648 (26.7) 8281 (29.1) 1.12 1.06–1.19 <0.001
 East area 230 (1.7) 572 (2.0) 1.03 0.87–1.22 0.718
Urbanization level      
 1 (most urbanization) 4218 (30.9) 8586 (30.2) 1   
 2 (more urbanization) 4418 (32.4) 8411 (29.6) 1.05 0.99–1.11 0.109
 3 (middle urbanization) 2306 (16.9) 4855 (17.1) 0.90 0.83–0.96 <0.001
 4 (least urbanization) 2704 (19.8) 6605 (23.2) 0.75 0.70–0.81 <0.001
  1. Abbreviations: aOR adjusted odds ratio, CI confidence interval
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