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Table 3 Distribution of mono-therapy antihypertensive drug prescriptions for newly-diagnosed uncomplicated hypertension patientsa

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

  Class of drugb    Total No. of prescriptionsb
Variables Diuretics Beta-blockers CCBsc ACE inhibitorsc ARBsc Others  
  No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %  
Patient gender              
   Male 2 974 6.65# 11 602 25.93# 14 881 33.26 7 004 15.66 2 561 5.72 5 716 12.78# 44 738
   Female 4 849 9.69 14 233 28.43 16 830 33.62 7 619 15.22 2 822 5.64 3 706 7.40 50 059
Patient age (years)              
   <55 2 366 5.86# 13 627 33.77# 12 083 29.94# 7 134 17.68# 2 677 6.63# 2 470 6.12# 40 357
   ≥55 5 457 10.02 12 208 22.42 19 628 36.05 7 489 13.76 2 706 4.97 6 952 12.77 54 440
Type of clinical facilityd              
   Medical center 1 067 6.38# 4 474 26.76# 5 841 34.93# 2 255 13.49# 2 099 12.55# 985 5.89# 16 721
   Regional hospital 1 026 6.93# 4 144 27.98 5 690 38.42# 1 710 11.55# 1 272 8.59# 967 6.53# 14 809
   Local hospital 1 363 7.47# 4 171 22.84# 8 186 44.84# 1 728 9.46# 920 5.04# 1 890 10.35# 18 258
   Primary care clinic 4 367 9.71 13 043 28.99 11 991 26.65 8 927 19.84 1 089 2.42 5 580 12.40 44 997
Total Nos. 7 823 8.25 25 835 27.25 31 711 33.45 14 623 15.43 5 383 5.68 9 422 9.94 94 797
  1. Notes:
  2. a Total sample number of prescriptions = 94 797.
  3. b No. refers to the number of prescriptions for each class of drug; % refers to the percentage of the total prescriptions for the six classes of drugs. 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.
  4. c CCBs = calcium channel blockers; ACE = angiotensin-converting enzyme; ARBs = angiotensin receptor blockers.
  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 < 0.0017