Research on Ways to Attract Foreign Patients Based on Analysis of Foreign Patients Who Visited Hospital of Korean Medicine

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J Korean Acupunct Moxib Soc. 2013;30(4):107-114
Publication date (electronic) : 2013 September 20
doi : https://doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2013027
Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine
*Corresponding author : Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, 858, Eonju-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-896 Republic of Korea, Tel : +82-10-7141-3822 E-mail : pabbang@naver.com
Received 2013 August 09; Revised 2013 August 28; Accepted 2013 August 28.

Abstract

Objectives :

The purpose of this study is to analyze actual status of foreign patients who visited hospital of Korean medicine and suggest developmental direction of korean medical tourism.

Methods :

This study includes 675 foreign patients who visited spine-specialized hospital of Korean medicine from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Based on computerized medical records, patients’ age, gender, country, date of initial and last visit, chief complaint, treatment period and species of treatment were collected. These data were used for analyzation of actual condition of medical tourism at hospital of Korean medicine.

Results :

A total of 675 foreign patients visited spine-specialized hospital of Korean medicine. 395 patients(59 %) were female and the forties was the most common by ages. Patients from Japan were the most common followed by Russia and United States of America. Patients visited hospital 5.1 times during 27.4 days in average. There were 526 cases of spinal pain and only 52 cases were non-musculoskeletal disease. The most frequently performed treatment was general acupuncture treatment while moxibustion and bee venom acupuncture were remarkably infrequently treated.

Conclusions :

The result of this study suggests potential possibility of development of Korean medical tourism focused on disease cure as well as current trend of beauty and Korean medical experience at the Korean medical tourism field.

Fig. 1.

Distribution of foreign patients according to age and gender

Fig. 2.

Distribution of foreign patients according to age and gender

* : others include Italy, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Canada, Indonesia, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Mongolia, Ukraine, Belgium, Netherlands, Hongkong, Philippines, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Swiss, Sweden, Romania, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Greece, Nigeria, Nepal, Denmark, Lithuania, Malaysia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Bosnia, Ireland, Ecuador, Jordan, China, Costa Rica, Thailand and Turkey.

Fig. 3.

Distribution of foreign patients according to month

Fig. 4.

Distribution of foreign patients according to number of visit

Distribution of Foreign Patients According to Musculoskeletal Chief Complaint

Distribution of Foreign Patients According to Non-musculoskeletal Chief Complaint

Distribution of Foreign Patients According to Treatment

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Fig. 1.

Distribution of foreign patients according to age and gender

Fig. 2.

Distribution of foreign patients according to age and gender

* : others include Italy, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Canada, Indonesia, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Mongolia, Ukraine, Belgium, Netherlands, Hongkong, Philippines, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Swiss, Sweden, Romania, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Greece, Nigeria, Nepal, Denmark, Lithuania, Malaysia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Bosnia, Ireland, Ecuador, Jordan, China, Costa Rica, Thailand and Turkey.

Fig. 3.

Distribution of foreign patients according to month

Fig. 4.

Distribution of foreign patients according to number of visit

Table 1.

Distribution of Foreign Patients According to Musculoskeletal Chief Complaint

Chief complaint Cases(%)(n=650)
Low back pain 298(45.8 %)
Neck pain 225(34.6 %)
Knee pain 51(7.8 %)
Ankle, foot pain 25(3.8 %)
Shoulder pain 23(3.5 %)
Hip joint pain 8(1.2 %)
Wrist, hand pain 6(0.9 %)
Lower limb pain 4(0.6 %)
Upper limb pain 3(0.5 %)
TMJ disorder 3(0.5 %)
Thoracic pain 3(0.5 %)
Elbow pain 1(0.1 %)

Table 2.

Distribution of Foreign Patients According to Non-musculoskeletal Chief Complaint

Chief Complaint Cases(%)(n=52)
Chuna manipulation experience 18(34.6 %)
Beauty 17(32.7 %)
Internal medicine 9(17.3 %)
Body shape correction 2(3.8 %)
Hemiplegia 2(3.8 %)
Dermatology 1(2.0 %)
Psychiatry 1(2.0 %)
Tonic medicine 1(2.0 %)
Medical examination 1(2.0 %)

Table 3.

Distribution of Foreign Patients According to Treatment

Treatment Cases(%)(n=561)
Acupuncture 483(86.1 %)
Pharmacopuncture 460(82.0 %)
Herbal medicine(pill) 435(77.5 %)
Chuna manipulation 400(61.4 %)
Herbal medicine(decoction) 227(34.9 %)
Therapeutic exercise 112(17.2 %)
Electroacupuncture 109(16.7 %)
Moxibustion 24(3.7 %)
Bee venom acupuncture 20(3.1 %)