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Table 3 Medical care visit of TCM 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)a
Use of TCM in past year
 No 11,952 (95.1) 610 (4.9) 0.0070 1.00 (reference)
 Yes 3937 (93.9) 257 (6.1)   1.26 (1.08–1.47)
Use of TCM in past year
 No 11,952 (95.1) 610 (4.9) 0.0071 1.00 (reference)
 1 times 1192 (94.2) 73 (5.8)   1.26 (0.98–1.63)
 2 times 673 (94.5) 39 (5.5)   1.13 (0.81–1.59)
  ≥ 3 times 2072 (93.5) 145 (6.5)   1.29 (1.07–1.56)
Use of folk therapy
 No 14,872 (95.2) 743 (4.8) <0.0001 1.00 (reference)
 Yes 1012 (89.2) 123 (10.8)   2.23 (1.82–2.74)
Visits of TCM in past year
 No 11,952 (95.1) 610 (4.9) 0.0073 1.00 (reference)
 Low 1865 (94.3) 112 (5.7)   1.22 (0.98–1.50)
 Moderate 1119 (93.4) 79 (6.6)   1.35 (1.06–1.73)
High 953 (93.5) 66 (6.5)   1.23 (0.94–1.60)
 Expenditure of TCM in past year
 No 11,952 (95.1) 610 (4.9) 0.0152 1.00 (reference)
 Low 1276 (94.2) 78 (5.8)   1.25 (0.97–1.59)
 Moderate 1320 (93.7) 89 (6.3)   1.31 (1.04–1.66)
 High 1339 (93.8) 89 (6.2)   1.20 (0.95–1.52)
  1. CHM Chinese herbal medicine, TCM traditional Chinese medicine
  2. aAdjusted for age, gender, education, ethnicity, density of TCM physicians, and medical care in the past 6 months in the multivariate logistic regression