The prevalence of sexual dysfunctions among patients with end stage renal disease in Jamaica is considerably high for both males and females.
Background: Sexual performance and gratification impact quality of life. Although recognized in the literature as a problem, sexual dysfunction among patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) has never been studied in Jamaica.
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This study describes the health status and healthseeking behaviour of men fifty-five years and older in Jamaica based on a quantitative survey of 2000 men. There are implications for health policy and programming given rapid population ageing in the Caribbean.
Objective: The Caribbean including Jamaica is undergoing rapid population ageing with implications for health service planning and delivery. Such planning should take into account gender differentials. This study describes and analyses the health status and health-seeking behaviour of men 55 years and over in Jamaica.
The delivery of quality pharmacy services is thought to be important by virtue of its influence on patient’s satisfaction and hence better patient compliance/adherence. This study explores the relationship between patient’s satisfaction with pharmacy services and control of selected chronic diseases.
Objective: To assess the level of satisfaction with pharmacy services and whether satisfaction/dissatisfaction had any effect on two common chronic diseases. Proper control of chronic diseases requires a management regime which includes promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services through primary, secondary and tertiary preventive intervention measures and a wide range of support services.
In this study of 200 elderly persons aged 60 years and over, predictors of depression were older age, female gender, low socio-economic status and low level of cognitive function.
Objective: To explore possible associations of age, gender, socio-economic status, educational level and level of cognitive functioning with depressive symptoms in a community sample of elderly persons.
For the period 2007–2010, the adolescent suicide rate in Jamaica was
1.1 per 100 000 adolescents with a preponderance of male deaths by
Objective: Suicide is increasingly acknowledged as a global problem. Yet little is known worldwide about suicide rates among adolescents. Several social factors that exist in Jamaica present as stressors and may predispose to suicide. Ascertaining prevailing patterns and associated factors is important for crafting interventions. This paper establishes adolescent suicide rates for the years 2007–2010 in Jamaica and provides related epidemiological data.
Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke has wellestablished
health risks. This study surveyed women in
the reproductive age group to find out their knowledge,
attitudes and practices with reference to exposure to
environmental tobacco smoking and smoking in public
and private spaces.
Objective: The study was done to assess knowledge, attitudes and practices of women within the child bearing age with regard to smoking and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) on children’s health.
University settings represent prime opportunities for
disease outbreaks. Effective strategies for successful
outbreak management should focus on a multi-sector
approach. Coordinated and integrated planning and
action should include all levels of the university
administration and the wider community.
Adolescents listen to and learn sexual and reproductive health themes
from dancehall music whether or not parents have reservations to
them doing so. These may subsequently influence sexual and reproductive
health behaviour. Dancehall music provides opportunities for
parents to initiate discussion of values pertaining to sexual and
The perspectives of adolescents were solicited on the issue of sexual and reproductive health messages they received through dancehall music as well as their perceptions of parents’ views of such messages and adolescents’ indulgence with this genre of music.