Roberto Baechler

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BACKGROUND In 1998, there were 1,218 deaths in Chile caused by prostate cancer. This figure results in a death rate of 16.6 per 100,000 males for this disease. AIM To assess the prevalence of prostate cancer in the Seventh Region of Chile. MATERIAL AND METHODS A probabilistic sample of 327 males aged 40 to 59 years old was studied. In all, a codified(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in Latin America is not well known. AIM To study the real prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) and its associated risk factors in the VII region of Chile. MATERIAL AND METHODS A probabilistic sample of 1,325 subjects over the age of 20, stratified by age and differentiated by place of residence was studied.(More)
We investigated medical leaves of personnel at Temuco's hospital from 1986 to 1987. 57% of persons had at least one leave and 54% of these had 2 or more leaves. Women and paramedicals had more medical leaves. Most absences occurred in june, july, august (p less than 0.01). Most leaves were caused by respiratory diseases (26%) with absence periods from 1 to(More)
A specially designed questionnaire was used to detect handicapped individuals in a rural community. The type and magnitude of incapacity was evaluated by a physician. Overall prevalence was 4.2% with a peak incidence in the 45 to 64 year age group (111.1 per 1000). Leading causes of incapacity were bone and muscle disorders and nervous or sensory problems.(More)
BACKGROUND Structured educative programs have demonstrated their usefulness as a strategy to improve metabolic control in diabetic patients. AIM To evaluate the effectiveness of a structured educative program for Chilean diabetic patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS A randomized clinical trial in diabetic patients with glycosylated hemoglobin over 7.5%. One(More)
BACKGROUND Years of potential life lost (YPLL) is a parameter that allows to analyze premature deaths. AIM To study the causes, differences by gender, geographic variations and the trend of premature deaths in the last decade in Chile. MATERIAL AND METHODS Using death databases published by the Ministry of Health, YPLL were calculated for the decade(More)
The income source and the use of assets at the Health Department of a Chilean city hall was studied. A cost control system was created to know the real value of health services, which were compared with the administrative tariffs determined by the authorities. Specific health programs such as complementary feeding, immunizations and responsible paternity(More)
The rural health post at Catripulli, Chile, was studied throughout 1986 in attempt to determine the true direct and indirect costs of operating a primary health care facility. The Catripulli health post served 743 persons. It was visited once each month by a health team from its associated hospital. During 1986, the post provided .71 consultations for(More)
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