Hee Chung Kang

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We sought to assess continuity of care for elderly patients in Korea and to examine any association between continuity of care and health outcomes (hospitalization, emergency department visits, health care costs). This was a retrospective cohort study using the Korea National Health Insurance Claims Database. Elderly people, 65-84 yr of age, who were first(More)
BACKGROUND According to recent reports, reduced weekend staffing in hospitals may lead to a lower intensity of management of patients with acute conditions such as acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The present study evaluated differences in the case fatality rate of Korean patients admitted with AMI on weekdays vs those admitted on weekends. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine the relation between age at natural menopause and all-cause and cause-specific mortality among women. METHODS This study used the data of the Kangwha Cohort that was followed up from 1985 to 2001, in particular, for the group of 55 years or older women (n=2658). We calculated the hazard ratio of mortality(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Information about disease incidence is indispensable for the active prevention and control of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The purpose of this study was to provide basic information for the establishment of policy related to AMI by examining the long-term trends in incidence of AMI. SUBJECTS AND METHODS This study(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to examine the association of body mass index (BMI) with death caused by total cardiovascular disease in a long-term follow-up study. METHODS We followed a total of 2608 men who were 55 years or older in 1985 from March 1985 through December 2001 to investigate their mortality. The hazard ratios of mortality as the(More)
OBJECTIVES We analyzed the changes from 1996 to 2002 in distributive equity of the contribution burden in the Korean National Health Insurance. METHODS The study subjects were a total of 8923 employee households and a total of 7296 self-employed households over the period from 1996 to 2002. Those were the households meeting the two criteria as completing(More)
The fetal growth curve and neonatal mortality rate, based on gestational age and birthweight, are important for identifying groups of high-risk neonates and developing appropriate medical services and health-care programmes. The purpose of this study was to develop a national fetal growth curve for neonates in Korea, and examine the Korean national(More)
BACKGROUND Medication adherence has been identified as a major factor influencing health outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. OBJECTIVES We assessed the relationship between initial adherence to oral antihyperglycemic medications and subsequent health outcomes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND SUBJECTS This was a retrospective cohort study of 40,082 patients(More)
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