Appropriateness of hysterectomy in Taiwan

Yu Mei Yu Chao, Tyau Chang Tseng, Chiu Hui Su, Li Yin Chien*

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Background and Purpose: Hysterectomy is among the most frequently performed surgical procedures in developed countries, but few studies from the Asia-Pacific region have assessed the appropriateness of hysterectomy. The purpose of this study was to examine the rate of inappropriate hysterectomy in Taiwan and its association with patient characteristics and indications for the procedure. Methods: A random sample of hysterectomies for which claims were submitted to the Taiwan Bureau of National Health Insurance from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998 was selected. A total of 658 charts were reviewed by an expert panel composed of 5 senior gynecologists. Results: Overall, 74.2% of patients underwent hysterectomy for appropriate reasons, 5.6% for uncertain reasons, and 20.2% for inappropriate reasons. Inappropriate procedures were positively associated with younger age and premenopausal status. Primary indications that accounted for over 25% of inappropriate procedures were chronic pelvic pain (42.9%), abnormal uterine bleeding (37.5%), and endometriosis (27.7%). Conclusions: This study found a high rate of inappropriate hysterectomy in Taiwan. Gynecologists and physician organizations should take action to improve physician agreement on the use of hysterectomy, especially for indications associated with high rates of inappropriate procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Hysterectomy
  • Patient selection
  • Unnecessary procedures
  • Uterine diseases


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