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IDROVO, Alvaro Javier. Estimation of the incidence of occupational diseases in Colombia, 1985-2000. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2003, vol.5, n.3, pp.263-271. ISSN 0124-0064.

OBJECTIVES: The occurrence of labor related diseases in Colombia is unknown. The objective of this study was to estimate the incidence of occupational disease in Colombia in the period 1985-2000. METHODS: The annual incidence was estimated with the methodology recommended by Leigh et al. based upon the population estimates of the National Administrative Statistics Department (DANE). RESULTS: The results showed an increase in the incidence of occupational diseases from 68 063 cases in 1985 to 101 645 in 2000. DISCUSSION: The economic losses caused to the social security health system by underreporting of occupational diseases are estimated.

Keywords : Occupational disease; occupational health; epidemiology; Colombia.

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