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Stratified analysis of the relationship between traditional Chinese medicine constitutional types and health status in the general population based on data of 8 448 cases

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Author(s): Yan-bo Zhu | Li Liu

Journal: Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao
ISSN 1672-1977

Volume: 9;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 382;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: physical constitution theory | constitution in Chinese medicine questionnaire | health status | quality of life

ABSTRACT
Objective: To examine the relationship between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) constitutional types and health status among groups of different age or gender in the general population of China. Methods: Data of 8 448 cases were randomly sampled from a database of 21 948 cases of a cross-sectional survey on the TCM constitutional types and health status which was carried out in 9 provinces or municipalities of China (Jiangsu, Anhui, Gansu, Qinghai, Fujian, Beijing, Jilin, Jiangxi and Henan) according to gender and age structure of the Chinese population in 2005. Scores of health-related quality of life scale — the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (MOS SF-36) — were analyzed by Nemenyi test to compare the health status of individuals with different constitutional types. Results: Compared with the gentleness type, the MOS SF-36 scores of the 8 types of pathological constitution were significantly low (P
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