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J Korean Med. 2013;34(1): 170-178.
Building Information Database Using Traditional Korean Medical Statistics
Sang-Jun Yea, and Chul Kim
KIOM, Literature & Informatics Research Division, Informatics Development & Management Group, Senior Researcher
Corresponding Author: Chul Kim ,Tel: +82-42-868-9582, Fax: +82-42-868-9421, Email: chulnice@kiom.re.kr
Received: February 12, 2012;  Accepted: March 11, 2013.
Objectives: Because TKM-related statistics are scattered in year books, white papers, or web services, it is not easy to use. This study aimed to build a TKM statistical database offering one-stop service.
Methods: We collected TKM statistics from year books, white papers, and web services using TKM related keywords which came from the advanced study. Then we removed, merged, or split the statistics looking through data and meta-data of statistics to build a database.
Results: First, we classified the statistics into 6 categories and found that the service category was 303, product category 37 and so on. Second, we analyzed the source of statistics and found that the Ministry of Health & Welfare and the Korea statistics were the strongest sources. Third, we analyzed the years of statistics and found that the oldest was 1962, 35% were within the past 3 years, and only 14% were over 10 years old. Finally, we found that the 415 statistics were composed of 1,120 items and the average was 2.70.
Conclusions: Through this study we found that more sophisticated TKM statistics must be produced and developed specially in the education, research, and administration categories. We hope that the effort of TKM societies is available to eliminate the lack of statistical producer’s understanding about TKM.
Keywords: Statistics | database | collection | refinement
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