Ambulatory care visits to pediatricians in Taiwan: A nationwide analysis

Ling Yu Yang*, An Min Lynn, Tzeng Ji Chen

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Pediatricians play a key role in the healthy development of children. Nevertheless, the practice patterns of pediatricians have seldom been investigated. The current study analyzed the nationwide profiles of ambulatory visits to pediatricians in Taiwan, using the National Health Insurance Research Database. From a dataset that was randomly sampled one out of every 500 records among a total of 309,880,000 visits in 2012 in the country, 9.8% (n = 60,717) of the visits were found paid to pediatricians. Children and adolescents accounted for only 69.3% of the visits to pediatricians. Male pediatricians provided 80.5% of the services and the main workforces were those aged 40-49 years. The most frequent diagnoses were respiratory tract diseases (64.7%) and anti-histamine agents were prescribed in 48.8% of the visits to pediatricians. Our detailed results could contribute to evidence-based discussions on health policymaking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14043-14054
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2015


  • Ambulatory visits
  • National health insurance
  • Pediatricians


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