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Revista Ecuatoriana de Neurología

On-line version ISSN 2631-2581Print version ISSN 1019-8113


CANIZARES-VILLALBA, María José  and  VASQUEZ-CEDENO, Diego. Neuro-Psychiatric Diseases In Primary Care In A Rural Area Of The Ecuadorian Highlands 2018. Rev Ecuat Neurol [online]. 2019, vol.28, n.3, pp.15-18. ISSN 2631-2581.


Provide epidemiological data of neuro-psychiatric diseases.


The sample corresponds to a native population of the northern Ecuadorian highlands, the data were collected retrospectively obtained from daily records of the health center in 2018. Neurological and mental health pathologies codified in ICD-10 were considered.


Of the total registered medical consultations, 521 corresponded to neuro-psychiatric diagnoses (4.07%). The majority of patients were women 66.79%. The average age was 39.22 years old 95% CI 37.17-41.26. Ethnic self-identification was native in 90.79%. The most frequent neurological pathology observed was the spectrum of headaches including migraine, tension headache and headache with 240 cases; and the psychiatric mental and behavioral disorder with 18 cases. It was also found that older women are more predisposed to suffer from these diseases


The integration of neurological and psychiatric services in primary health care should be an important political objective in our country for the early diagnosis and treatment of these pathologies with great impact on health.

Keywords : Primary care; Neurology; Psychiatry; Epidemiology; Ecuador.

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