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Document ID (ISN)111979
CIS number 11-0657
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Liu S.H., Liu Y.F., Liou S.H., Lin Y.L., Hsiao Y.C., Chen C.C., Li C.Y., Wu T.N.
Title Mortality and cancer incidence among physicians of traditional Chinese medicine: A 20-year national follow-up study
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.67, No.3, p.166-169. 12 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess the risks of mortality and cancer incidence in physicians of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Taiwan who had frequent exposure to herbal medicine. A population-based cohort design was conducted in which a total of 7675 certified physicians of TCM who ever practised between 1985 and 2005 were compared with the age-, sex- and calendar year-specific mortalities and cancer incidence rates of the general population of Taiwan. The age-, sex- and calendar year-standardised mortality ratio (SMR) and standardised cancer incidence ratio (SIR) were calculated to estimate the relative risks of all causes and site-specific mortality and cancer incidence. Findings are discussed. Physicians of TCM had significantly reduced risks of all-causes mortality and cancer incidence. However, they were exposed to significantly increased risks of liver and bladder neoplasms, the reasons for which warrant further investigations.
Descriptors (primary) Taiwan (China); mortality; cancer; cohort study; health care personnel; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) liver cancer; bladder tumour; long-term study; statistical evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Cancer and carcinogens
Health care services