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Table 2 Medical care and western medicine use for people with and without purchasing CHM

From: The prevalence, characteristics, and factors associated with purchasing Chinese herbal medicine among adults in Taiwan

  Purchase of CHM  
No (N = 15,889) Yes (N = 867)   Multivariate
n (%) n (%) p-value OR (95% CI)b
Purchase of biomedical medicinea
 No 13,172 (95.4) 632 (4.6) <0.0001 1.00 (reference)
 Yes 2717 (92.0) 235 (8.0)   1.60 (1.36–1.88)
Emergency care in past year
 No 13,721 (95.0) 723 (5.0) 0.0137 1.00 (reference)
 Yes 2168 (93.8) 144 (6.2)   1.17 (0.97–1.42)
Hospitalized care in past year
 No 14,265 (95.0) 759 (5.0) 0.0352 1.00 (reference)
 Yes 1624 (93.8) 108 (6.2)   1.09 (0.87–1.35)
Outpatient care by WM in past yeara
 No 4893 (95.1) 255 (4.9) 0.3900 1.00 (reference)
 Yes 10,996 (94.7) 612 (5.3)   1.09 (0.93–1.27)
Frequency of outpatient care by WM in past year
 None 4899 (95.1) 255 (4.9) <0.0001 1.00 (reference)
 Low 3739 (96.2) 149 (3.8)   0.92 (0.74–1.14)
 Moderate 3645 (94.7) 203 (5.3)   1.14 (0.94–1.38)
 High 3606 (93.3) 260 (6.7)   1.18 (0.98–1.41)
Expenditure of WM in past year
 None 4899 (95.1) 255 (4.9) <0.0001 1.00 (reference)
 Low 3681 (96.2) 147 (3.8)   0.92 (0.74–1.14)
 Moderate 3619 (94.5) 210 (5.5)   1.18 (0.97–1.43)
 High 3690 (93.5) 255 (6.5)   1.14 (0.95–1.38)
  1. CHM Chinese herbal medicine, WM Western medicine
  2. aPurchase biomedical medicine without a physician’s prescription. bAdjusted for age, gender, education, ethnicity, density of TCM physicians, and medical care in the past 6 months in multiple logistic regression