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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

Print version ISSN 0864-2125On-line version ISSN 1561-3038


JORNA CALIXTO, Ana Rosa  and  VELIZ MARTINEZ, Pedro Luis. Impact of osteoporosis in the social development. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.4, pp.694-705. ISSN 0864-2125.

INTRODUCTION: the osteoporosis is a social, economic and of public health problem characterized by epidemics in developed countries compelling us to prepare and to diffuse programs or health promotion and diseases prevention due to the know risk factors and the availability of diagnostic methods to quantify the bone mass and its loss. The study of the factor influencing in health is an important feature in the sociopolitical planning to achieve the stability of societies. OBJECTIVES: to analyze the incidence of socioeconomic features in the development of osteoporosis, as well as to assess the social responsibility of scientific community in approach of the potential solutions. DEVELOPMENT: the costs of the osteoporosis's treatment are substantial trending to increase even more, however, despite the serious Cuban difficulties in the economic order mainly because of the economic blockade imposed by the United States government , the Cuban state has maintained a prioritized care to health field including the development of a care system covering all the population and that make possible to obtain and maintain significant achievements in this sphere. CONCLUSIONS: the restrictions imposed for purchase of supplies and medical technologies of American origin to use in Cuba, have caused significant damages in the public health services. The osteoporosis requires of actions with other entities out of the health system for its prevention and of a direct action on the risk factors provoking it. The primary care professionals face ethics and legal problems due to the high demand of health and social services for these patients.

Keywords : Osteoporosis; medical ethics; primary care; promotion and prevention.

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