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Table 3 Post-stroke visits and expenditure on acupuncture treatment within one year in stroke patients in 2000–2008 by sociodemographics

From: An investigation of the use of acupuncture in stroke patients in Taiwan: a national cohort study

  Medical visits Medical expenditure
  n Mean ± SD p-value Mean ± SD p-value
Sex 0.0155   0.0264
 Women 17,225 6.4 ± 7.7   212 ± 258  
 Men 25,563 6.5 ± 7.8   219 ± 271  
Age 0.0342   <0.0001
 20–29 369 6.4 ± 7.0   219 ± 272  
 30–39 1517 6.8 ± 7.8   240 ± 302  
 40–49 5298 6.7 ± 8.2   226 ± 279  
 50–59 10,054 6.5 ± 7.7   217 ± 267  
 60–69 12,374 6.4 ± 7.6   210 ± 254  
 70–79 10,424 6.4 ± 7.7   216 ± 263  
  ≥80 2752 6.2 ± 7.9   208 ± 267  
Income <0.0001   <0.0001
 Very low 12,172 5.0 ± 6.5   168 ± 220  
 Low 10,499 5.7 ± 7.1   187 ± 234  
 Moderate 6605 6.7 ± 7.9   217 ± 262  
 High 3465 7.6 ± 8.4   246 ± 276  
 Very high 10,047 8.5 ± 8.9   295 ± 321  
Occupation <0.0001   <0.0001
 White collar 16,188 6.9 ± 8.0   229 ± 276  
 Blue collar 18,067 6.1 ± 7.4   203 ± 253  
 Other 8533 6.6 ± 7.9   219 ± 269  
Urbanization <0.0001   <0.0001
 Low 1858 5.2 ± 6.8   173 ± 229  
 Moderate 13,509 6.0 ± 7.4   202 ± 259  
 High 27,421 6.8 ± 8.0   226 ± 270  
Density TCM <0.0001   <0.0001
 Low 8117 5.9 ± 7.2   198 ± 250  
 Moderate 22,199 6.5 ± 7.8   215 ± 263  
 High 12,472 6.7 ± 7.9   230 ± 279  
  1. TCM, traditional Chinese medicine