Introduction Epidemiological data on musculoskeletal disorders are a valuable source of information for the creation, development and implementation of prevention programs for their control.
Objective The objective of the study is tracking the dynamics of the registered by Sofia City Regional Health Inspection (SRHI) outpatient prevalence and incidence of musculoskeletal diseases in the city of Sofia in the period 2009-2013.
Methods Documentary analysis of the data obtained from SRHI concerning Sofia outpatient prevalence and incidence from Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (class XIII - MSD ) for the period 2009–2013 was made, the results have been presented per 1000 inhabitants and in percentage. Data were statistically analysed by SPSS 11.1.
Results The results were based on the GPs and outpatient specialists’ reports. An average of 41.94% of the GPs and outpatient specialists had provided statistical data for the period 2009–2011, respectively 58.06% had not. The results on the prevalence of the population of the city of Sofia from MSD in the period 2009–2013 were as follows: in the year of 2009–151.77 (6.78%); 2010: 175.71 (8.30%); 2011–162.49 (7.49%); in 2012–139.12 (6.35%); in 2013–139.49 (7.16%). The incidence: in the year of 2009–43.62 (5.69%); in 2010–61.19 (7.40%); in 2011–52.82 (6.25%); in 2012–54.45 (6.07%); in 2013–41.81 (5.62%). Significant differences in the MSD-morbidity were found, they can be explained mainly by differences in the number and size of the practices, which had returned filled statistical reports to SRHI in different years.
Conclusion There is a need for comprehensive statistical information, delivered to SRHI through electronic-based solutions that allow mandatory daily enter data from outpatient practices to be automatically exported to statistical reports to SRHI.
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