Background: To explore the acceptance of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in rural areas, we have explored the commonly encountered diseases, the use of healthcare resource, and the satisfaction at a fixed Chinese medical service by rural area residents.
Methods: This study investigated service utilization patterns in usage of TCM among rural residents in AD 2012. It was analyzed secondary from a healthcare project of Medical Center Hospital in rural areas.
Results: There was average 27.3 patients visit TCM service monthly, gender (male and female) ratio 4:6 and the age was 67 to 74 years old. There were 52.3% of the residents who elder than 60 years old. The most common diseases that residents had been managed were chronic pain related to osteoarthropathy and soft tissue diseases, especially located around back and shoulder. The frequency of every resident back to TCM service was 7.94 in one year. The satisfaction of TCM practitioners and their skills were up to nine-tenths. 74.8% of patients felt their physical condition was improving after seeking the TCM care.
Conclusion: Most rural residents felt the TCM was convenient, especially for elder with chronic pain. Therefore, how TCM might be used to care for the future aging population will be an important topic for health policy planning and health services research in Taiwan.