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Title: A population-based prevalence survey of skin diseases in adolescents and adults in rural Sumatra, Indonesia, 1999
Authors: Saw, S.-M. 
Koh, D. 
Adjani, M.R.
Wong, M.-L. 
Hong, C.-Y.
Lee, J.
Chia, S.-E. 
Munoz, C.P.
Ong, C.-N. 
Keywords: Dermatitis
Epidemiology
Fungal infections
Indonesia
Prevalence
Skin disorders
Survey
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Saw, S.-M.,Koh, D.,Adjani, M.R.,Wong, M.-L.,Hong, C.-Y.,Lee, J.,Chia, S.-E.,Munoz, C.P.,Ong, C.-N. (2001). A population-based prevalence survey of skin diseases in adolescents and adults in rural Sumatra, Indonesia, 1999. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 95 (4) : 384-388. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Skin disorders are one of the most common presenting health problems and pose a considerable public health problem in developing and developed countries. A population-based survey (n = 917) was conducted in October and November 1999 to determine the prevalence of skin diseases in 3 rural villages in Indonesia (Riau province, Sumatra). The overall individual response rate was 96%. Household interviews were conducted to obtain information on skin conditions, basic socio-demographic factors and lifestyle habits. Trained doctors performed a thorough clinical skin examination of each subject in the household. The overall prevalence of skin disease in the 3 villages was 28-2% (95% confidence intervals 24·6-31·8). The prevalence of fungal infections (12·0%) was twice as high as dermatitis (5·1%). As skin conditions are common in rural Indonesia, it is advisable to improve the training of nurses and doctors in the prevention and treatment of skin disorders.
Source Title: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/113335
ISSN: 00359203
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