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Table 1 Prescription patterns of antihypertensive therapies for newly-diagnosed uncomplicated hypertension patients, 1998–2004a

From: Antihypertensive medication prescription patterns and time trends for newly-diagnosed uncomplicated hypertension patients in Taiwan

  Treatment regimen  
Variables Mono-therapyb Two-drug combinationsb Three-drug combinationsb Four(+)-drug combinationsb Total No. of prescriptionsc
  No. % No. % No. % No. %  
Patient gender          
   Male 44 738 51.36# 31 494 36.16# 6 815 7.82# 4 058 4.66# 87 105
   Female 50 059 54.62 31 927 34.84 6 024 6.57 3 639 3.97 91 649
Patient age (years)          
   <55 40 357 50.67# 29 784 37.39# 6 130 7.70# 3 380 4.24 79 651
   ≥55 54 440 54.93 33 637 33.94 6 709 6.77 4 317 4.36 99 103
Type of clinical facilityd          
Medical center 16 721 48.76# 12 693 37.02 3 897 11.37# 978 2.85# 34 289
Regional hospital 14 809 49.75# 10 453 35.11# 3 687 12.39# 819 2.75# 29 768
Local hospital 18 258 59.03# 9 745 31.51# 2 395 7.74# 531 1.72# 30 929
Primary care clinic 44 997 53.73 30 520 36.44 2 860 3.42 5 369 6.41 83 746
Total Nos. 94 797 53.03 63 421 35.48 12 839 7.18 7 697 4.31 178 754
  1. Notes:
  2. a Total sample number = 6 536 patients.
  3. b No. refers to the number of prescriptions under each treatment regimen; % refers to the percentage of the total drugs prescribed under the four treatment regimens.
  4. c As a result of missing data, the sum of the total number of prescriptions over the four types of clinical facilities is smaller than the overall number of prescriptions.
  5. d Pairwise group comparisons are performed taking primary care clinics as the reference.
  6. # Significant p-value with the Bonferroni-adjusted α-level, p < 0.0025