During one year, 1979-80, all the contacts between the 836 inhabitants of Upernavik town and the local medical officers were recorded. In the 737 native Greenlanders 1006 contacts (41%) were caused by infectious diseases, representing 705 episodes of disease. The number of contacts per episode of disease was similar in all age groups. Of these contacts 26% were caused by acute upper respiratory tract infections, 8% by other acute respiratory infections, 10% by chronic respiratory infections, 24% by non-traumatic skin infections, 7% by post-traumatic skin infections, 8% by sexually transmitted diseases, and 17% by other infections. Skin infections were most common in males, whereas all other infections were most common in females. The patterns of age specific contact rates were similar in males and females, except regarding "other infections". A peak of respiratory infections in July and of skin infections during winter was noted. The contact rate for all infectious diseases together was slightly higher than in Danish general practice, and infectious diseases also accounted for a larger proportion of all registered contacts. Contacts due to chronic respiratory infections, skin infections and sexually transmitted diseases were notably more frequent in Upernavik.
Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, 1985, Vol 3, Issue 3, p. 163-9
Adolescent; Adult; Age Factors; Aged; Child; Communicable Diseases; Cross-Sectional Studies; Dermatitis; Female; Greenland; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Referral and Consultation; Respiratory Tract Infections; Sex Factors; Sexually Transmitted Diseases