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J Acupunct Res > Volume 29(6); 2012 > Article
Published online December 17, 2012.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13045/kamms.2012088   
A Research of Trend on Japanese Medical Tourism in Oriental Hospital of Daejeon University
Min Jung Kim, In Su Sung, Min Kyung Ko, Kwon Eui Hong
Dept. of Acupunture & Moxibustion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon University
*Corresponding author.
Kwon Eui Hong
Tel: +82-42-229-6816   Email: hkeacu@dju.ac.kr
Objectives : This study is to evaluate the current situation of Japanese tourists for medical tour of Daejeon University hospital and to draw up a plan for better policies.
Methods : 59 Japanese tourists visiting oriental medicines hospital of Daejeon University from January 2012 to September 2012, were analysed in the statistics. And 8 of them answer a questionnaire about reasons for selection of Daejeon University hospital, satisfaction for thread embedding therapy and side effects of thread embedding therapy.
Results : A total of 59 foreigners visited oriental medicines hospital of Daejeon University for medical service, consisting of 54 females(92 %), the thirties to fifties 71 % by age. The 87.5 % of patients answered that the reason for choosing this hospital was the subsidization of the medical expenses, and 50 % for appropriate payment, 37.5 % for safety, 12.5 % for recommendation of the people who had good experience at this hospital. The 71% of patients selected thread-embedding therapy for treating wrinkles. The degree of satisfaction was evaluated as quite satisfaction of 87.5 %, full satisfaction of 12.5 % showing that a whole number of the patients treated with thread-embedding therapy showed relative satisfaction. This evaluation is, however, a short term survey which should lead to a further term study. For the evaluation of side effects of thread-embedding therapy, 75 % of patients answered as pain occurred during the therapy, 62.5 % as edema, 50 % as hypodermal bleeding. Conclusion : First of all, there should be more constructive promotion and support for medical tour of oriental medicines, ultimately leading to promoting better clusters of oriental medicines. Secondly, support in terms of a medical law should be established for medical disputes, and the best follow-up service should be considered.
Keywords: Japanese tourists, medical service, thread-embedding therapy
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