Determinants of health-seeking behavior toward Chinese or Western medicine in Taiwan: An analysis of biobank research database

Ping Ho Chen, Sheng Miauh Huang, Jerry Cheng Yen Lai, Wan Ling Lin

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Background and purpose: Health-seeking behavior has a direct impact on individual's health. A proper understanding of patients' demographics and health factors is essential in constructing high-quality health care services toward Chinese or Western medicine. The objective of this study was to understand the tendency among Taiwanese to opt for either Chinese or Western medicine when both services are available. Materials and methods: This study was based on the analysis of secondary data. A total of 13,151 individuals with an age of 30 years or more were selected from the Taiwan Biobank Research Database in Taiwan. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify factors associated with health-seeking behaviors toward Chinese or Western medicine. Results: Among all the participants, 50.8% showed a greater tendency to seek Western medicine treatment, while 10.4% showed a preference for Chinese medicine treatment. Main drivers for a Chinese medicine health-seeking behavior were women, hypotension, low income, normal HbA1c, normal total cholesterol, and yang deficiency. The preference for Western medicine treatment was associated mainly with men, an older age, a married status, lower income, a lower education, an abnormal cholesterol level, and the absence of stasis. Conclusion: Healthcare providers should understand the factors associated with health-seeking behavior and refer patients to their desired treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101592
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • Body constitution
  • Chinese medicine
  • Health-seeking behavior
  • Western medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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