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Feature Analysis of Burn Patients in Korea Using National Health Insurance Database
Journal of Korean Burn Society 2018;21(2):55-58
Published online December 1, 2018
© 2018 Journal of Korean Burn Society.

Jangyoun Choi, M.D., Ph.D., Hyuk Joon Choi, M.D., Kyo Joon Kang, M.D., Bommie F. Seo, M.D., Ph.D., Jongweon Shin, M.D., Sung-No Jung, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Uijeongbu, Korea
Correspondence to: 정성노, 경기도 의정부시 천보로 271 ㉾ 11765, 가톨릭대학교 의과대학 의정부성모병원 성형외과 Tel: 031-820-3576, Fax: 031-847-0301 E-mail:
Received October 15, 2018; Revised October 23, 2018; Accepted November 7, 2018.
Purpose: Investigating epidemiological features of burn victims from a national frame has not been attempted recently.
Methods: South Korean National Health Insurance System (NHIS) provides a vast array of feature data on common diseases. A database search from January 2013 to December 2017 was undertaken with disease codes related to burn injuries and burn dressing procedures. After data cleaning, feature analysis was done with final dataset of 1,800 records.
Results: Demographic analysis showed gender preference to woman by 6:4. Age distribution showed bimodal peaks at 0∼9 years and 40∼60 years. Burns to the lower extremity seemed to increase with burn depth. Marked decrease in duration of hospitalization for first- and second-degree burns were noted over five years.
Conclusion: Incidence to age analysis showed bimodal peaks in pediatric (age 0∼9) and middle-aged (age 40∼60) individuals. A decreasing trend towards shorter hospitalization is noted in mild to moderate burns. Further attention is needed to prevent third-degree burns to the elderly.
Keywords : Burn, Epidemiology, National survey, National health insurance database

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