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BACKGROUND We do not yet fully grasp the significance of childhood albuminuria. Based on mass urinary screening (MUS) using albumin-specific dipsticks in school children, we studied the independent association of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and albuminuria with mortality and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in children with chronic kidney(More)
BACKGROUND Taiwan established a system of universal National Health Insurance (NHI) in March, 1995. Today, the NHI covers more than 98% of Taiwan's population and enrollees enjoy almost free access to healthcare with small co-payment by most clinics and hospitals. Yet while this expansion of coverage will almost inevitably have improved access to health(More)
BACKGROUND Mortality data has often been used to monitor the quality of cardiac care. OBJECTIVE To investigate the under-reporting of unnatural deaths in mortality data. METHOD All patients with a main discharge diagnosis of injury (ICD-9-CM code 800-999) who died in 2003 or 2004 were identified through record linkage between hospital discharge claims(More)
The characteristics of health care utilization during the last year of life by Taiwanese who died by suicide were analyzed. The degree of health services utilization was evaluated by extracting the data of National Health Insurance (NHI) outpatient cohort records in 2006. A total of 4,406 fatal suicide cases were matched with the 17,587,901 subjects in the(More)
In Taiwan, the high proportion of stroke deaths of which the underlying causes of death (UCD) has been classified to ill-defined categories, has impeded valid type-specific mortality studies. The aim of this study was to assess the extent of changes in the distributions of stroke subtypes and mortality after querying the certifying physicians. There were(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to examine possible effects of implementing a national query program on site-specific cancer mortality rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 2,874 query letters were sent out by the Department of Statistics, Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan between January 2009 and December 2011 to medical certifiers who reported(More)
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