Category archives for Volume 4

Screening of intraocular pressure before routine pupil dilation for retinal photography

Screening of intraocular pressure before routine pupil dilation for retinal photography

Screening of intraocular pressure before routine pupil dilation for retinal photography: Clinical case report pp. 77-79(3) Author: Chiang, Lap-kin Pharmacologic dilation of the pupil results in twice the sensitivity of detection of diabetic retinopathy compared with undilated retinal examination. The potential risk of acute angle-closure glaucoma after pupil dilation has been hypothesized to be higher […]

Healthy China 2030: “Without national health, there will be no comprehensive well-being”

healthy China 2030

Healthy China 2030: “Without national health, there will be no comprehensive well-being” pp. 75-76(2) Authors: Wang, Wei; Zakus, David On August 19–20, 2016, the China National Health and Wellness Conference was held in Beijing. Both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang attended the meeting and delivered important speeches with key messages. Their contributions are […]

‘Feeling of despair’ as the leading cluster theme of conceptual descriptive analyses in participatory assessment

‘Feeling of despair’ as the leading cluster theme of conceptual descriptive analyses in participatory assessment: Russia Oxfam GB case study

‘Feeling of despair’ as the leading cluster theme of conceptual descriptive analyses in participatory assessment: Russia Oxfam GB case study Authors: Zakirova, Venera; Zakus, David This article provides a case study on participatory assessment based on experience gained from an EU‐Oxfam GB project entitled “Empowering Municipalities to Effectively Address Poverty” conducted in five small towns […]

A new role for primary care teams in the United States after “Obamacare”

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A new role for primary care teams in the United States after “Obamacare:” Track and improve health insurance coverage rates Authors: DeVoe, Jennifer; Angier, Heather; Hoopes, Megan; Gold, Rachel Maintaining continuous health insurance coverage is important. With recent expansions in access to coverage in the United States after “Obamacare,” primary care teams have a new […]

Factors associated with the utilization of institutional and home birth services among women in Ethiopia

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Factors associated with the utilization of institutional and home birth services among women in Ethiopia: A scoping review pp. 30-43(14) Authors: Lapp, Bronwyn; Zakus, David The objective of this review was to examine the factors associated with the use of institutional delivery and home birth services among women in Ethiopia. Methods: Fifteen peer-reviewed, primary research articles […]

Engaging black sub-Saharan African communities and their gatekeepers in HIV prevention programs

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Engaging black sub-Saharan African communities and their gatekeepers in HIV prevention programs: Challenges and strategies from England Authors: Nyashanu, Mathew; Serrant, Laura HIV infection is a sensitive issue in black communities [Serrant-Green L. Black Caribbean men, sexual health decisions and silences. Doctoral thesis. Nottingham School of Nursing, University of Nottingham; 2004]. Statistics show black sub-Saharan […]

Epidemiological study of hypertensive retinopathy in the primary care setting

Epidemiological study of hypertensive retinopathy in the primary care setting

Epidemiological study of hypertensive retinopathy in the primary care setting: Retrospective cross-sectional review of retinal photographs pp. 13-21(9) Authors: Chiang, Lap-kin; Yau, Michael K.C.; Kam, Cheuk-wai; Ng, Lorna V.; Zee, Benny C.Y. The objective is to estimate the prevalence and grading of hypertensive retinopathy in the primary care setting; examine the patient characteristics associated with […]

Mothers’ health-related quality of life

Mothers’ health-related quality of life

Mothers’ health-related quality of life: Its relationship with children’s health-related quality of life and behavior in low-income families Authors: Wong, Rosa Sze Man; Guo, Vivian Yawei; Ip, Patrick; Wong, Carlos King Ho; Yu, Esther Yee Tak; Fung, Colman Siu Cheung; Lam, Cindy Lo Kuen Objective: To examine the association between mothers’ health-related quality of life […]

Patient-centered care in a multicultural world

Patient-centered care in a multicultural world

Patient-centered care in a multicultural world Authors: Mathers, Nigel; Bansal, Aarti To be a good clinician in 2016 is challenging – not only do we have to ensure that our biomedical knowledge is up to date, but increasingly we need to practice medicine within the much broader context of patient-centered care (PCC) in diverse populations. […]

Long-term care for aged ethnic minority people in Yunnan, China

Long-term care for aged ethnic minority people in Yunnan, China

Long-term care for aged ethnic minority people in Yunnan, China: Understanding the situation Authors: Zhang, Kaining; Zakus, David; Gao, Chuqun Chinese governmental sectors have been investing lots of money in setting up new institutions for long-term care (LTC) in rural China to respond to the predicted increasing and urgent needs of the growing number of aging people. […]

‘Face’ and psychological processes of laid-off workers in transitional China

‘Face’ and psychological processes of laid-off workers in transitional China

‘Face’ and psychological processes of laid-off workers in transitional China Authors: Wang, Bingxin; Greenwood, Kenneth Mark Objective: The objective was to explore the psychological experiences of laid-off workers in contemporary transitional China and to formulate a theoretical model of these. Methods: In-depth interviews of 26 laid-off workers were conducted and analysed using grounded theory techniques. Results: […]

Training medical undergraduates in the core disciplines of community medicine

training medical undergraduates

Training medical undergraduates in the core disciplines of community medicine through community postings ‐ an experience from India Authors: Shewade, Hemant Deepak; Palanivel, Chinnakali; Jeyashree, Kathiresan Objective: Family medicine, epidemiology, health management and health promotion are the core disciplines of community medicine. In this paper, we discuss the development of a community posting program within the framework […]

An innovation in child health: Globally reaching out to child health professionals

Turning cross-cultural medical education on its head: Learning about ourselves and developing respectful curiosity

An innovation in child health: Globally reaching out to child health professionals Authors: Jones, Russell; Currow, Kathryn; Kwong, Mary; Menon, Pramila Worldwide deaths of children younger than 5 years reduced from 12.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013. Much of this decline is attributed to an increase in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of child health […]

Maternal health and its affecting factors in Nepal

Patient-centered care in a multicultural world

Maternal health and its affecting factors in Nepal Authors: Mahara, Gehendra; Barr, Jill; Thomas, Janeeta; Wang, Wei; Guo, Xiuhua Maternal health is still a public health problem in developing countries, especially in low-resource settings rural and poor communities. The main aim of this article is to critically evaluate and explore the situation of maternal health in Nepal based on […]

The Malaysian health care system: Ecology, plans, and reforms

The Malaysian health care system: Ecology, plans, and reforms

The Malaysian health care system: Ecology, plans, and reforms Authors: Sebastian, Andrea; Alzain, Mohamed Ali; Asweto, Collins Otieno; Mahara, Gehendra; Guo, Xiuhua; Song, Manshu; Wang, Youxin; Wang, Wei Malaysia is on its way to achieving developed nation status in the next 4 years. Currently, Malaysia is on track for three Millennium Development Goals (MDG1, MDG4, and MDG7). The maternal mortality rate, infant […]

How well are families doing? A description of family well-being in South Africa

Mothers’ health-related quality of life

How well are families doing? A description of family well-being in South Africa Authors: Roman, Nicolette Vanessa; Isaacs, Serena Ann; Davids, Charl; Sui, Xin-Cheng Objective: The purpose of this study was to describe the well-being of a sample of families from low socioeconomic communities in the Western Cape South Africa in terms of family resilience, family satisfaction, parenting […]

Sedentary lifestyle among adults in Jordan, 2007

sedentary lifestyle

Authors: Sharkas, Ghazi F.; Saheb, Tayseer; Arqoub, Kamal; Haddadin, Raja Objective: Sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for physical and mental problems, such as cardiovascular, musculoskeletal diseases, and psychological stress. About 60% of the world’s population is not sufficiently physically active in leisure time or during work and social activities. This study aimed to determine the prevalence […]

The global reach of family medicine and community health

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The global reach of family medicine and community health Author: Wang, Wei For the past 2 months I have traveled across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania for fieldwork and conferences on health burden and noncommunicable disease. The striking contrast between access to community health care and hospital services was constantly in my mind during my […]

Implementation of a novel train-the-trainer program for pharmacists in China

train the trainer program for pharmacists

Implementation of a novel train-the-trainer program for pharmacists in China Authors: Banh, Hoan Linh; Cave, Andrew Clinical pharmacy services in North American are well implemented both in community pharmacies and in hospital pharmacies. In 2009 the Chinese government mandated the implementation of clinical pharmacy services in all secondary and tertiary hospitals by 2020. The mandate […]

Integrated care and training in family practice

Prof Meng-Chih Lee on integrated care

Integrated care and training in family practice in the 21st century: Taiwan as an example Author: Lee, Meng-Chih As the President-elect for the Asia Pacific region of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), I would like to share my thoughts with Family Medicine and Community Health readers. In the 21st century, the new directions of […]

International Symposium on Suboptimal Health Status, Inner Mongolia

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Report on the International Symposium on Suboptimal Health Status, Inner Mongolia Authors: Wu, Jing; Ge, Siqi; Pan, Yuanming; Yu, Xinwei; Zhou, Yong; Wang, Wei; Sun, Kai; Zhao, Ruiping; Hu, Jiang The International Symposium on Sub-optimal Health Status was held in the beautiful “deer city” of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China, from September 12 to September 13, […]

Why global health work should be incorporated into family medicine residency training

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A resident’s perspective on why global health work should be incorporated into family medicine residency training Author: Sweeney, Sarah We sat in a circle in the front room of a simple cement home – a family physician and a social worker both with decades of experience in global health work, me, a second year family […]

HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program in northern Uganda

Traditional knowledge in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program in northern Uganda

Traditional knowledge in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program in northern Uganda pp. 46-52(7) Author: Akena, Francis Adyanga Uganda’s health care sector is choking with various challenges, such as poor physical infrastructure, inadequate professionals to run the few existing health centers, poor culture of adherence to professional ethical standards by some health care practitioners, shortages of […]

Integration of community health workers into health systems in developing countries

Integration of community health workers into health systems in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges

Integration of community health workers into health systems in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges Authors: Asweto, Collins Otieno; Alzain, Mohamed Ali; Andrea, Sebastian; Alexander, Rachel; Wang, Wei Developing countries have the potential to reach vulnerable and underserved populations marginalized by the country’s health care systems by way of community health workers (CHWs). It is imperative […]