[Characteristics and management of morbidity in Santiago 1993].


Results of morbidity and medical care surveys of the Santiago's population are presented in this paper. A random sample of 1,000 dwellings with 4,700 people was selected and studied 3 times, in 1993 and 1994. All health events (acute and chronic morbidity, health examinations, dental care) and main features of medical care were registered in the interviews which covered a 2-week period each time. The population sample had similar characteristics than the results of the last Population and Dwellings Chilean Census. Health events were registered with high frequency: 56% of the families had one or more members with chronic disease; 51% with acute diseases; 46% with emotional troubles; 24% had dental care; 17% health examination and 6% different types of injuries. Frequency of medical care during the fortnight period was 5.6% out of total population of acute diseases; 1.0% of injuries; 4.9% for chronic diseases, 3.9% of health examinations and 5.6% of dental care. Frequency of diseases was significantly higher among women (50%) than in men (33%) and in poor people than in higher socioeconomic levels. Most of the acute disease were respiratory illnesses followed by communicable diseases, skin troubles and rheumatologic disorders. The most important detected chronic diseases were blood hypertension, diabetes mellitus, bronchial asthma and alcoholic addiction.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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@article{Medina1994CharacteristicsAM, title={[Characteristics and management of morbidity in Santiago 1993].}, author={Esunly Medina and Ana Mar{\'i}a Kaempffer and Eduardo Cornejo and Erika C Hernandez and V. Dan Wall}, journal={Revista médica de Chile}, year={1994}, volume={122 12}, pages={1421-7} }