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Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 20, 2002

[ICD based data collection of sick-pay data in county Vas]

BONCZ Imre, FLAMIS László, GYŐRVÁRI Sándor

[INTRODUCTION - The analysis and evaluation of sick-pay data presents great challenge for a health insurance fund. It is very important to collect sick-pay data related to the medical diagnosis of the patients. DATA AND METHODS - The aim of the study is the analysis of sick-pay data in County Vas, Hungary. The new approach focuses on the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) based sick-pay reports which contains the cause of sicknesses according to ICD terms. The data was derived from 1998. RESULTS - During the period involved there were no significant change in the number of ICD codes used by the doctors. The cases shorter than 30 days account for 84,43 % of total cases, while they account for the 41,05 % of total disability to workdays. The most common ICD group measured by the number of cases is group Nr. X. (Diseases of the respiratory system), while most common as measured by the days spent on sick-pay is group Nr. XIII. (Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue). Significant differences were found between men and women. Analysing the diagnosis within the main groups - ranked by the number of cases - the diseases of respiratory system and of the musculo-skeletal system are found in leading positions. Based on the number of sick-pay days the diseases of musculo-skeletal system are on the first place. CONCLUSIONS - Results of this analysis can provide valuable information for both the National Health Insurance Fund and the physicians and have contributed to the implementation of the national „Disability to work Monitoring System”.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 20, 2010

[The future in danger: a survey of the changes in the number of neurologists and a prognosis for 2010 in Hungary]

BERECZKI Dániel, CSIBA László, KOMOLY Sámuel, VÉCSEI László

[Lack of neurologists has become an obvious problem recently in Hungary, not only in small hospitals, but in major health care centers and also in university hospitals. With the current survey we set forth to estimate the number of board certified neurologists, and to evaluate the foreseeable changes in the next decade. In the beginning of 2010 there were 1310 physicians in Hungary with an official license to practice neurology. During 2009 neurological performance at least once during the year was claimed to the National Health Insurance Fund by 948 board certified neurologists. The number of those neurologists who are routinely involved in neurological patient care was estimated to be around 750. The lack of the young generation is characteristic for the age distribution of neurologists. In nine out of the 19 counties of Hungary the number of neurologists below the age of 35 is one or nil. In the ten-year period of 2000-2009 the annual mean number of new board certifications in neurology was 22. This number is much lower than that needed to replace those who get employed abroad and who leave the system for other reasons. The number of neurologists in the age range of 40-60 years will drop to 2/3 of the current number by 2020 even if emigration of neurologists will completely halt. If emigration will continue at the current rate and the number of those in neurological training will not increase considerably, then by 2020 only about 300 neurologists will have to cover neurological services throughout Hungary. As this number is insufficient for the task, and the tendency is clearly foreseeable, the health care government should urgently react to this situation to ensure an acceptable level of neurological services in the near future for the population of Hungary.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 20, 2011

[The modern disciplines of diagnosing and treating back pain]

BÁLINT Géza

[The author presents the recommendations of international guidelines in the modern diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. Regarding diagnosis, it is very important to differentiate between “specific” and “aspecific” or “nonspecific” low back pain. The term “specific low back pain” includes all diseases and pathologies with well-defined aetiology and pathological process, including bacterial spondylitis, rheumatic spondylarthropathies, primary or secondary tumours, malignancies, myelon- or cauda equine compression, paresis, metabolic base diseases, pathological or nonpathological fractures are suspected. The presence of so called “red flags” indicate“specific” low back pain. This type of low back pain requires quick and precise diagnosis and specific treatment. All other kinds of low back pain, even those with very painful radiculopathy, and without paresis, cauda- or myelon compression can be considered as aspecific, even if caused by a herniated disc, because there is no absolute indication of discectomy. In case of aspecific low back pain, there is no need of any diagnostic imaging methods, because they would not influence treatment. The main points of treatment are to keep the patient active, quick mobilisation with appropriate analgesia and antiinflammatory treatment following no more than 2-3 days of bed rest, and return to work as soon as possible, with easier work conditions if needed. The longer the patient is on sick leave, the higher the risk he or she will never return to work. If initial active treatment is not is effective enough, the patient's case should be reassessed in 3-6 weeks. If a herniated disc is suspected, the necessary imaging methods should be performed, and the patient should be operated if necessary. With this method, chronic, disabling low back pain can be avoided in many cases. The danger of developing chronic low back pain are indicated by the so called “yellow flags”: dissatisfaction with work, allowance claim, insufficient and even false ideas about the causes and consequences of low back pain, fear, anxiety, depression. These problems can be alleviated by the positive athmosphere of the workplace, appropriate patient education, activity, anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs, activity and regular exercise.]