Cheng-yun Pu

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BACKGROUND The possible effect of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) on subsequent lung cancer development has been suspected, but the evidence remains inconsistent. The purpose of this study was to perform a nationwide population-based cohort study to investigate the risk of lung cancer after pulmonary TB infection. METHODS This nationwide population-based(More)
BACKGROUND Previous research has investigated differences in the predictive power of self-rated health (SRH) for mortality based on socioeconomic status (SES). However, these studies mainly assessed adults in the general population and did not focus specifically on elderly adults. In addition, this predictive power has never been evaluated using subjective(More)
In this paper, we used data from the 2004 Survey of Family Income & Expenditure of Taiwan to show that the problem of the crowding-out effects of tobacco and alcohol in a country with low expenditure can still be serious. Most studies that have investigated this issue have focused on developing countries with a high expenditure share on tobacco or alcohol,(More)
Burkina Faso has a high incidence and death rate of severe malaria, especially for children under 5 years of age. Although the malaria elimination program is a high-priority public health project, finding an effective strategy for managing the problem is a major challenge. Understanding the various factors that contribute to the severity of malaria is(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have demonstrated that perceived financial status has a significant impact on health status among the elderly. However, little is known about whether such a subjective perception interacts with objective socioeconomic status (SES) measures such as education that affect the individual's health. METHODS This research used data(More)
BACKGROUND Health care improvements have led to increased survival among stroke patients; however, the disability level remains high. These patients require assistance from caregivers, particularly in the first year after stroke. Longitudinal studies of quality of life (QoL) and the factors associated with QoL for both patients and caregivers are limited.(More)
IMPORTANCE Medication persistence is an important factor for treatment effect in patients with glaucoma. Evaluating risk factors for refill discontinuation might be helpful for improving persistence and preventing blindness in patients with glaucoma. OBJECTIVES To estimate the persistence rate with topical glaucoma medication 2 years after diagnosis and(More)
BACKGROUND Numerous Caribbean countries are considering implementing National Health Insurance (NHI) and pooling resources to finance their health sectors. Based on this increased interest in health insurance, we investigated the willingness to participate and to pay for NHI in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an upper-middle-income Caribbean country. (More)
The four main models of long-term care (LTC) for older people in Taiwan are institutional care, community and home-based care, live-in migrant care and family care. This study aims to examine the factors associated with the four above-mentioned LTC models, using the Andersen model as its framework for analysis. Data were from the 2005 National Taiwanese(More)
Varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes varicella, and may reactivate to cause herpes zoster later in the life of the host. It has been previously observed that exposure to VZV may boost the host's latent immunity. Health-care workers who are frequently exposed to ill patients ought to receive a protective effect. We investigated the incidence of herpes zoster(More)