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The Accuracy, Quality and Timing of Referrals to the Ophthalmology Division at the University Hospital of the West Indies

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.063
Synopsis: 
This study determined accuracy, quality and timing for ophthalmic referrals to the University Hospital of the West Indies. Ophthalmologist referrals were 89% accurate and general practitioners were 29% accurate. Only 20% of referrals contained all essential information for proper assessment.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the accuracy, quality and timing of ophthalmic referrals.

Design: This was a prospective study. The data was collected using a pro forma. All patients gave voluntary written consent.

Setting: The Ophthalmology Division at the University Hospital of the West Indies

Accepted: 
09 May, 2018
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e-Published: 08 Mar, 2019

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A Review and Nested Case Study of Special Study Modules in Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.081
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Synopsis: 
This paper describes the range of topics covered in the delivery of Special Study Modules (SSMs) to students from the inception of the new MBBS curriculum and explores the value of SSMs in enhancing curriculum diversity. The SWOT analysis revealed a wide range of benefits to participating students and opportunities for curriculum diversification through external stakeholders were identified.

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Objective: To evaluate the special study modules (SSMs) that were developed with the aim that students should have learnt new skills, adopt new attitudes and acquire knowledge in areas outside the mainstream of medical education that enrich and enhance their professional development.

Accepted: 
15 Jun, 2018
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e-Published: 27 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Oesophageal Carcinoma in Jamaica, 1978–2007: Histological Distribution and Trends in Incidence

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.015
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Synopsis: 
The incidence of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma in Jamaica has been decreasing in both genders. Oesophageal adenocarcinoma incidence has been increasing in males, but, unlike data reported elsewhere, has been decreasing in females. Investigation into risk factors for oesophageal adenocarcinoma in Jamaica is warranted

 

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Objectives: To investigate the trends in incidence and histological distribution of oesophageal carcinoma in Kingston and St Andrew (KSA), Jamaica, over the 30-year period 1978‒2007.

Accepted: 
08 May, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Tracking Medical Graduates in Jamaica and The Bahamas

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.029
Synopsis: 
In Jamaica and The Bahamas there were 1079 medical graduates between 2012 to 2016, with 69% females. All graduates obtained internship posts mainly in public hospitals. There were 2,259 applicants and 664 accepted to post-graduate programmes. Seventy percent (70%) of all graduates were working in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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Objectives: This study determined the availability of employment and retention for the increased number of medical graduates in Jamaica and The Bahamas.

Method: The availability of internship and junior medical posts for UWI graduates in Jamaica and The Bahamas over the five-year period 2012 to 2016 was reviewed.

Accepted: 
11 Apr, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

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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
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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

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
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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
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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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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018

Disability, Chronic Diseases and Access to Healthcare in Jamaica

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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

ABSTRACT

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.

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

The Doctor of Medicine (Paediatrics) Programme at The University of the West Indies, Mona at 45 years, 1972─2017

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.176
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382–86
Synopsis: 
The DM Paediatrics programme began in 1972 and has fulfilled its mandate to train paediatricians for the Caribbean. These 159 paediatricians are located in the Caribbean and worldwide and deliver appropriate health-care to the region’s children.

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

Chikungunya Virus Infection-associated Arthralgia in Adult Jamaicans Post-outbreak

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.090
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190-6
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Chikungunya virus infection-associated arthralgia was determined in adult Jamaicans 8–12 months post-outbreak. Persistent and severe arthralgia occurred in 30.3% and 27.5% of the participants, respectively. Females had greater odds of persistent and severe pain. Severe joint pain was related to pre-existing arthritis.

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Objective: To report demographic and self-reported clinical characteristics associated with persistent and severe arthralgia 8–12 months post-chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection.

Accepted: 
05 Jun, 2018
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e-Published: 17 Sep, 2018

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