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Who Cares? Sociodemographic and Health Characteristics of Carers of Older Persons in Jamaica

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.169
Pages: 
465–70
Synopsis: 
This paper describes the sociodemographic and health characteristics of a nationally-representative sample of caregivers to older persons in Jamaica, the context in which they provide care and challenges to caregiving.
Accepted: 
01 Oct, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

The Impact of Tobacco and Occupational Exposure on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in a 70 and over Jamaican Cohort from the BOLD Jamaican Study

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.185
Pages: 
458–64
Synopsis: 
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic respiratory disease predominantly affecting the older population. Not well known, COPD is often confused with asthma. Tobacco smoking is widely acknowledged as the most important risk factor for COPD, but occupational exposures from irritant dust, fumes, and biomass exposures, from the burning of wood and coal in indoor fires, also contribute to COPD prevalence.

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Revised: 
27 Nov, 2018
Accepted: 
03 Aug, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

Parish Prevalence Estimates of Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension in Jamaica: Is It Now Time for More Targeted Public Health Interventions?

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.162
Pages: 
448–57
Synopsis: 
This study provides parish estimates for the burden of obesity, diabetes and hypertension in Jamaica based on secondary analysis of the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2008 (JHLS II).
Accepted: 
01 Oct, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

Hypertension in Older Adults in Jamaica: Prevalence, Treatment and Control

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.167
Pages: 
439–47
Synopsis: 
This study assesses hypertension prevalence, treatment and levels of control among community-dwelling older adults in Jamaica. The prevalence of hypertension was 61.7%, with the majority (90.0%) of older adults being on treatment and 34.8% were controlled.
Accepted: 
15 Oct, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

Adult obesity: Management practices of General Practitioners/ Family Physicians in Kingston and St Andrew, Jamaica

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.184
Pages: 
433–38
Synopsis: 
This study sought to determine the practices of family physicians/general practitioners in Kingston and St Andrew regarding the management of adult obesity and compare their management to the 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Guidelines for the Management of overweight and obesity in adults.

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Accepted: 
03 Aug, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

Church-based Health Promotion in Jamaica for the Ageing Population

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.180
Pages: 
428–32
Synopsis: 
To eliminate the disproportionate number of African American seniors suffering health conditions and to encourage healthy behaviours, churches within the African American community have initiated health promotion programmes and services. This type of health intervention could serve to lessen the risk of disease, while improving the health and well-being of Jamaica’s ageing population.

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Accepted: 
03 Aug, 2018
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The Factors Associated With Older Adults Receiving Care in Jamaica

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.165
Pages: 
420–27
Synopsis: 
The Andersen framework identifying predisposing, enabling and need factors is used to analyse the receipt of care for activities of daily living, and instrumental activities of daily living among older adults, utilizing data from the 2012 Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions.
Accepted: 
04 Oct, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

Disability, Chronic Diseases and Access to Healthcare in Jamaica

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.183
Pages: 
415–19
Synopsis: 
This study investigated the prevalence of persons with disabilities as frequent users of the Jamaica health system. Most persons with disabilities experienced difficulty using the systems for even common chronic complaints

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Objective: To look at healthcare delivery for persons with disabilities in Jamaica.

Methods: A quantitative survey of persons with disabilities using a systematic random sampling technique with respondents selected from the database of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities.

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03 Aug, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

Mechanical Ventilation of Neonates at the University Hospital of the West Indies: 1987–2015

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.172
Pages: 
410–14
Synopsis: 
Access to mechanical ventilation by neonates has increased tremendously at the University Hospital of the West Indies. The present challenge however, is decreasing mortality in these neonates who access this technology.
Accepted: 
02 Nov, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

The Spectrum of Neonatal Disorders Managed at the University Hospital of the West Indies over the Past Two Decades

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.174
Pages: 
404–09
Synopsis: 
It is clear that a diverse spectrum of medical disorders is managed on the neonatal unit of the UHWI and that the fledgling neonatal unit providing basic care for neonates of the 1960s has matured into the level II Newborn Special Care Nursery and Level III NICU that it is today. The time is now opportune, for Neonatology to gain independent status as a Division of Neonatology within the Department of Child Health at the UHWI.
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02 Nov, 2018
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