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Table 3 Proportion of prescriptions with CPM and western medicine of the top 10 common diseases (%)

From: Outpatient prescription practices in rural township health centers in Sichuan Province, China

Rank Diagnoses Number of Chinese patent medicine Number of western medicine
   0 1 2 3 4 ≥5 0 1 2 3 4 5 ≥6
1 Upper respiratory tract infection 23.34 45.35 26.00 4.74 0.19 0.38 0.15 3.24 8.47 24.81 25.73 21.11 16.49
2 Gastroenteritis 32.43 45.56 19.31 1.93 0.39 0.39 0.00 2.92 7.02 23.98 28.65 21.35 16.08
3 The common cold 18.64 57.27 18.64 4.55 0.00 0.91 1.18 2.76 11.81 22.05 23.62 24.02 14.57
4 COPD 20.75 53.46 23.27 2.52 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.02 6.06 18.69 25.25 22.73 25.26
5 Female genital diseases 25.00 43.52 23.15 7.41 0.93 0.00 0.68 7.53 13.70 18.49 21.23 17.81 20.55
6 Pneumonia 17.14 55.71 18.57 4.29 2.86 1.43 1.16 1.16 3.49 12.79 18.60 19.77 43.02
7 Rheumatoid arthritis 21.82 50.91 25.45 1.82 0.00 0.00 1.25 5.00 8.75 16.25 30.00 23.75 15.00
8 Other digestive tract diseases 42.59 42.59 12.96 0.00 0.00 1.85 2.74 4.11 20.55 20.55 23.29 12.33 16.44
9 Dental diseases 28.85 46.15 23.08 1.92 0.00 0.00 0.00 7.94 12.70 25.40 19.05 17.46 17.46
10 Hypertension 6.00 62.00 30.00 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 9.84 14.75 32.79 11.48 9.84 21.31