Roberto do Nascimento Rodrigues

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Appropriate antenatal care is important in identifying and mitigating risk factors in pregnancy but many mothers in the developing world do not receive such care. This paper uses data from the 1993 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey to study the variations in the use of antenatal services in Kenya. The analysis is based on modelling the frequency and(More)
This paper examines the determinants of place of delivery and childbirth attendant in Kenya based on the 1993 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey data. The analysis utilizes multilevel logistic and multilevel multinomial regression models for the place of delivery and the type of childbirth attendant, respectively. The results show that delivery care in(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the influence that demographic determinants, socioeconomic determinants, chronic diseases, and functional capacity have on self-rated health among elderly persons (60 years and older) living in the city of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, and to investigate the existence of differences between men and women in terms of their(More)
The aim of the present study was to estimate disability-free life expectancy for the Brazilian elderly in 2003, by gender and age, based on different concepts of functional disability. The Sullivan method is used to combine the period life tables from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE, 2003) and the prevalence of functional(More)
The increase of the percentage of elderly population in Brazil and the increase in longevity incite a demand for information on the quantity of years spent in good health. The aim of the present study is to measure the life expectancy for the elderly of 60 years and above, by sex and age, in the year of 2003. The Sullivan method was used, which combined the(More)
The current study estimated DALY (disability-adjusted life years), an indicator of burden of disease, for Brazil in 2008. The North and Northeast regions showed higher burden of disease. Chronic noncommunicable diseases predominated in all regions of the country, especially cardiovascular diseases, mental disorders (particularly depression), diabetes, and(More)
Following the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), the HIV-related morbidity-mortality profile has changed. Opportunistic infections are not as prevalent as before, and "pre-AIDS" diseases have become more common, related mostly to the side effects of HAART. This study focused on HIV/AIDS-related mortality, based on multiple causes(More)
Bolivia, like most developing countries, has experienced a decline in fertility. However, in 1998, as many as 27.6% of all married women in Bolivia were classified as having an unmet need for contraception, of whom 20.6% needed to limit and 7% needed to space an additional child. The current article analyzes the unmet need for contraception in Bolivia. A(More)
This article calls attention to factors associated with sexual and reproductive behavior among adolescents from the Northeast and Southeast regions of Brazil. The analyses focus on three dimensions of this process: sexual initiation, use of contraceptives in the first sexual relationship, and fertility. Hierarchical models are implemented, because(More)