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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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CABRERA VALVERDE, Héctor Gabriel. Disability causes for the working area in Guatemala. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2005, vol.22, n.2, pp.81-95. ISSN 2215-5287.

In order to determine the most frequent causes of disability at the Disability, Seniorhood and Survival Program of the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security, the cases of 1698 patients who applied for covertures in 2003 and 2004 at this program, have been studied. From the total patients who applied, only 32.4% got a favorable opinion; 73.3% of them are male and 26.7% female. The main disability causes found were: traumatism, Acquired Inmune Defficiency Syndrome, neuron degenerative disorders, haematic oncology problems, blindness and kidney insufficiency diseases. 70% of the coverage population belonged to the Department of Guatemala.

Keywords : Disability causes; working area; Guatemala.

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