Press Release Volume 4 Issue 2

Family Medicine and Community Health journal examines Global Health

 Beijing, April, 2016: Global health is the theme of the new issue of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH), an international medical journal with editorial offices in China and the U.S.

Professor Nigel Mathers, Head of the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield and Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Professor Mathers

Guest Editor for this special issue is Professor Nigel Mathers, Head of the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield and Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners. The April 2016 issue focuses on some of the challenges that are faced when undertaking cross-cultural academic studies in primary care. Professor Mathers notes that “perhaps the biggest challenge of applying the findings of these cross-cultural studies in research and teaching is how to use them to improve both the clinical care of patients and the education and training of doctors and students. Good-quality cross-cultural academic studies should enable their readers to determine the importance, meaning and applicability of their results to the ‘real’ world of primary care”.

Authors contributing to this issue come from Flinders University, Australia; Management Centre of Community Health Service, Shenzhen, China; Cancer Control and Prevention Division, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei City Government, Taiwan, Republic of China; Norwich Medical School, University of Birmingham, The University of Sheffield, UK; and Arizona State University, USA;.  The issue includes two original research articles, one review on process engineering for primary care, two reflections, and two papers focusing specifically on health care in China.

The first featured work in this issue is an original research article co-authored by Professor Mathers entitled An evaluation of a screening programme for immigrant women to Taiwan The authors Yu-Chu Huang, Nigel Joseph Mathers, Su-Lih Chia, Ming-Neng Shiu, and Shu-Chen Kao aimed to evaluate an integrated screening program for female migrants to Taiwan. The clinical case yield demonstrated that the program is worthwhile for diagnosing and treating a substantial burden of disease within this immigrant community, and is likely to have continuing benefits in terms of the welfare of the children of the immigrant women and their own long-term physical health.

The second featured work is by Manbinder S. Sidhu, Farina Kokab, Kate Jolly, Tom Marshall, Nicola K. Gale, Paramjit Gill entitled  Methodological challenges of cross-language qualitative research with South Asian communities living in the UK  Despite a greater propensity for living with chronic disease, people from minority-ethnic groups are under-represented in applied health research. This article strengthens the argument for adapting existing talk-based data collection methods, reconsidering the current format of how to ask questions and interpret exchanges throughout qualitative interviews.

Other articles published in the issue include

In Process engineering for primary care: Quality improvement and population healthWilliam Riley  writes how general practice can be an important driver of population health in the Chinese health care delivery system, and how quality improvement methods, including the cause-and-effect diagram, the process map, and the plan, do, study, act (PDSA) cycle, are important tools to assist primary care practitioners and can be applied to primary care disease management.

Amanda Caroline Howe: The challenges of cross-cultural research and teaching in family medicine: How can professional networks help?Physicians experience diverse roles in their careers through service development, education, research, and implementation with each creating a set of subcultures which may feel very different. The author reflects on her experience of over twenty years as a family physician.

Aarti Bansal penned a reflection on Turning cross-cultural medical education on its head: Learning about ourselves and developing respectful curiosity where he discusses how by learning about our own culture and by developing an attitude of respectful curiosity toward others we can truly learn to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

The section on China Focus has the following items: The challenge of training for family medicine across different contexts: Insights from providing training in China by John Sandars, Yingzi Huang, Trevor Gibbs examine some of the challenges in providing training for family medicine in China. On the basis of the authors’ recent experience as external trainers in China, some insights are offered into the general challenges in working across different contexts, especially the cultural factors, the different approaches to training, and the wider sociopolitical environment of the host country.

In Global development of family medicine, and lessons for China author Michael Kidd provides his speech from the recent third Cross-Straits Conference on General Practice and the third Annual Academic Meeting of the Committee of General Practice, Cross-Straits Medicine Exchange Association held in Shenzhen, China in March 2016 in which he discusses the global development of Family Medicine and the lessons learned from China.

FMCH is available on the IngentaConnect platform and at Family Medicine and Community Health. Submissions may be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. There are no author submission or article processing fees. FMCH is indexed in the DOAJ, EBSCO, OCLC, Primo Central (Ex Libris), Scopus, Sherpa Romeo and Ulrichsweb databases.

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