Table of Contents
Journal of Allergy
Volume 2013, Article ID 720879, 9 pages
Research Article

Factors Associated with the Use of Different Treatment Modalities among Patients with Upper Airway Diseases in Taiwan: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study

1Department of Medical Research, Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, No. 2, Minsheng Road, Dalin, Chiayi 62247, Taiwan
2Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, No. 155, College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 3M7
3Department of Otolaryngology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, No. 1650, Sec. 4, Taiwan Boulevard, Taichung City 40705, Taiwan
4School of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, No. 110, Sec. 1, Jianguo North Road, Taichung City 40201, Taiwan
5Department of Medicine, National Yang-Ming Medical University, No. 155, Sec. 2, Linong Street, Taipei 11221, Taiwan
6Graduate Institute of Natural Healing Sciences, Nanhua University, No. 55, Sec. 1, Nanhua Road, Dalin, Chiayi 62249, Taiwan
7Department of Natural Biotechnology, Nanhua University, No. 55, Sec. 1, Nanhua Road, Dalin, Chiayi 62249, Taiwan

Received 10 May 2013; Revised 6 August 2013; Accepted 8 August 2013

Academic Editor: William E. Berger

Copyright © 2013 Malcolm Koo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Rhinitis is a common upper airway disease and can have great impact on patients' quality of life. Factors associated with the use of common treatment modalities among 279 Taiwanese rhinitis patients from the outpatient department of otolaryngology in a medical center were investigated using a cross-sectional survey study. Results from multiple logistic regression analysis, adjusted for etiologies of rhinitis, revealed that males were associated with surgical intervention (OR = 2.11, ). Lower educational level was associated with oral (OR = 2.31, ) and topical medications (OR = 2.50, ). Poor or fair general health status was associated with topical medications (OR = 4.47, ), whereas very good or excellent general health status was inversely associated with surgical intervention (OR = 0.32, ). Smoking was associated with the use of nasal irrigation (OR = 2.72, ). Worse disease-specific quality of life was associated with oral medications (OR = 2.46, ) and traditional Chinese medicine (OR = 5.43, ). In conclusion, the use of different treatment modalities for rhinitis was associated with different combinations of independent factors.