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Survey of Integrative Treatment Practices of Korean Medicine Doctors for Cervical Disc Herniation: Preliminary Data for Clinical Practice Guidelines

Table 1

Demographic characteristics of Korean Medicine doctor surveyees.

FactorsMean±SD/n (%)

Age (years)35.4±7.3

 <3486 (44.3)
 <3742 (21.6)
 <4129 (14.9)
 ≥4137 (19.1)


 Male183 (92.9)
 Female14 (7.1)

Clinical experience (years)9.3±6.4

 <877 (39.5)
 <1150 (25.6)
 <1535 (17.9)
 ≥1533 (16.9)

Facility level of current

 Primary clinic17 (8.6)
 Secondary medical facility180 (91.4)

Highest academic degree

 Bachelor’s87 (44.4)
 Master’s53 (27.0)
 Ph. D.56 (28.6)

Medical specialist training

 Yes (specialist)109 (56.5)
 No (general practitioner)31 (16.1)
 In training (resident)53 (27.5)

Medical specialty (if applicable)

 Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation67 (41.6)
 Korean Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine Society37 (23.0)
 Society of Internal Korean Medicine34 (21.1)

Additional extracurricular

 Korean Society of Chuna Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves157 (79.7)
 Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation55 (27.9)
 Korea Pharmacopuncture Institute37 (18.8)
 Korean Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine Society33 (16.8)
 Korean Academy of Sports Oriental Medicine31 (15.7)

Primary clinics operate <30 beds for inpatient care.
Secondary medical facilities operate 30≤ and <500 beds for inpatient care and at least 4 outpatient departments including medical specialties.
The curriculum in “extracurricular training” refers to the 6 years of Korean Medicine education provided at Korean Medicine universities or 4 years of postgraduate courses provided at a specialized Korean Medicine graduate school, a prerequisite for all certified KMDs.

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