SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.23 issue6Economic evaluation and budget impact analysis of the Endeavor® drug-eluting stent in SpainEvidence-based effectiveness of road safety interventions: a literature review author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Gaceta Sanitaria

Print version ISSN 0213-9111


ESTEBAN-VASALLO, María D. et al. Prevalence of diagnosed chronic disorders in the inmigrant and native population. Gac Sanit [online]. 2009, vol.23, n.6, pp.548-552. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objective: To estimate the prevalence rates of chronic disorders in immigrants and to compare them with those in the native population, based on electronic clinical records in primary care (ECRPC). Methods: We performed a descriptive cross-sectional study in patients aged 16 and over included in the Madrid Regional Public Health System. Age-adjusted prevalence rates for each sex and region were estimated on the basis of medically examined cases registered in the ECRPC with any new data entry made in 2005 or 2006. Results: After age-adjustment, a total of 36.8% immigrants had some chronic health problem (vs. 55.3% natives). These disorders were more frequent among women and among the population from Africa and Latin America. The highest overall prevalence rates in the foreign population were allergy (10.2% crude rate), low-back pain (9.1%), chronic skin problems (6.8%) and mental disorders (6.4%). Conclusions: The prevalence rate of chronic disease is lower in the foreign population and differs according to sex and country of origin.

Keywords : Primary healthcare; Computerized medical record; Immigrants; Chronic diseases; Prevalence.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License