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Table 2 Differences in use of corticosteroid use among TCM users and nonusers of pediatric atopic dermatitis

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

Utilization patterns of corticosteroid TCM users n = 13,646 (%) TCM nonusers n = 28,457 (%) p-value
Exposure to steroids    
 Any steroids 4886 (35.8) 19,334 (67.9) <0.001
 Topical steroids 4763 (34.9) 18,062 (63.5) <0.001
 Systemic steroids 1235 (9.1) 2807 (9.9) 0.004
Prescribed duration of steroids    
 Topical steroids    <0.001
 Never used 8883 (65.1) 10,397 (36.5)  
 Short term (<14 days) 3315 (24.3) 17,492 (61.5)  
 Long term (≥14 days) 1448 (10.6) 568 (2.0)  
 Systemic steroids    <0.001
 Never used 12,411 (90.9) 25,650 (90.1)  
 Short term (<14 days) 906 (6.6) 2730 (9.6)  
 Long term (≥14 days) 329 (2.4) 77 (.3)  
Frequency of visits for steroids    
 Topical steroids    <0.001
 0 8883 (65.1) 10,395 (36.5)  
 1–3 3807 (27.9) 18,060 (63.5)  
  ≥ 4 956 (7.0) 2 (.0)  
 Systemic steroids    <0.001
 0 12,411 (90.9) 25,650 (90.1)  
 1–3 1068 (7.8) 2807 (9.9)  
  ≥ 4 167 (1.2) - (.0)  
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