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BACKGROUND Cancer imposes significant economic challenges for individuals, families, and society. Households of cancer patients often experience income loss due to change in job status and/or excessive medical expenses. Thus, we examined whether changes in economic status for such households is affected by catastrophic health expenditures. MATERIALS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a new drug-pricing system (January 2012) and new prescription and reimbursement guidelines (January 2013) on hypertension-related pharmaceutical expenditures and prescribing behaviors in Korea. METHODS In all, 11,298 clinics and 2,667,132 patients with hypertension were included in our(More)
OBJECTIVES Mental health disorders and suicide are an important and growing public health concern in Korea. Evidence has shown that both globally and in Korea, obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing some psychiatric disorders. Therefore, we examined the association between distorted body weight perception (BWP) and suicidal ideation. (More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the association between the level of Internet addiction and suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in South Korean adolescents, focusing on the roles of family structure and household economic status. METHODS Data from 221 265 middle and high school students taken from the 2008-2010 Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey were used(More)
BACKGROUND Although government has implemented medical-aid policy that provides assistance to the poor with almost free medical services, there are low-income people who do not receive necessary medical services in Korea. The aim of this study is to highlight the characteristics of Medical-Aid enrollees, the poor not enrolled in Medical-Aid, and the near(More)
BACKGROUND In Korea, more than two-thirds of hepatocellular carcinoma patients are hepatitis B virus (HBV) surface antigen-seropositive. The effects of HBV infection on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) are important aspects in the overall management of HBV infection. However, other effects of other parameters on HBV patient HRQoL remain unknown and(More)
BACKGROUND The Korean government has established community health centers (CHC) since the end of the 20th century to improve community public health and access to healthcare. In this study, we investigated the reasons for unmet healthcare needs and the reasons/purposes for using CHC based on income level. METHODS We used data from the 2012 Community(More)
BACKGROUND The disease burden is increasing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to increasing of the growth rate of prevalence and mortality. But the empirical researches are a little for COPD that studied the association between continuity of care and death and about predictors effect on mortality. OBJECTIVE To investigate the(More)
BACKGROUND The cancer survival rate in Korea has substantially increased, necessitating the management of not only patients with cancer but also longer term survivors. Although the divorce rate has drastically increased in Korea, there is not sufficient research regarding the relationship between changes in marital status and quality of life (QOL) in cancer(More)
BACKGROUND After the WHO recommended HPV vaccination of the general population in 2009, government support of HPV vaccination programs was increased in many countries. However, this policy was not implemented in Korea due to perceived low cost-effectiveness. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyze the cost-utility of HPV vaccination programs targeted to(More)