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Table 10 Number and percentage distribution of visits to Western Medicine by major disease category from 1996–2001 in Taiwan.

From: Use frequency of traditional Chinese medicine in Taiwan

Major disease category ICD-9-CM code range Visits %
Diseases of the respiratory system 460–519 1,347,671 45.9%
Diseases of the digestive system 520–579 324,820 11.1%
Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs 320–389 297,257 10.1%
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 710–739 251,625 8.6%
Diseases of the circulatory system 390–459 228,051 7.8%
Diseases of the genitourinary system 580–629 210,842 7.2%
Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue 680–709 198,619 6.8%
Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions 780–799 148,989 5.1%
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases and immunological disorders 240–279 138,771 4.7%
Injury and poisoning 800–999 97,843 3.3%
Total visits   2,935,480 100.0%
  1. Data were obtained by 1:500 sampling from National Health Insurance files in Taiwan (see text for detail). All diagnoses at each claim were taken into consideration.