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Investigation of the National Drug Lists and the Perception of Pharmacists and Physicians about Generic Drugs at Health Institutions in the North Central Region of Trinidad

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.014
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Synopsis: 
The national drug list aids prescribing and addresses countries’ major health issues. To reduce cost generic drugs are included, however, some persons believe that cheaper means substandard. Therefore, perception of key individuals about generic drugs is beneficial.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To investigate the drugs on three annual national drug pricing lists and via a survey determine the perception and concerns physicians and pharmacists have about generic drugs.

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

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A Retrospective Study of Antibiotic Prescribing at the Sangre Grande Hospital, Trinidad, West Indies

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2017.217
Synopsis: 
Studies of antibiotic prescribing practices are important in antibiotic stewardship programs. They help inform these programs by providing information type of antibiotics commonly used, route of administration, dosage, most common clinical indications for which the antibiotics are used and other useful data. This data can be used for planning and deciding on suitable indicators for further developing and monitoring the antibiotic stewardship programme.

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Objective: To assess patterns of antibiotic prescribing at the Sangre Grande Hospital, Trinidad and Tobago.

Methods: The study involved retrospectively collecting information regarding hospitalized patients utilizing a data collection tool. This was conducted over one (1) month in October 2015. Data was analysed using Microsoft excel and IBM SPSSv22.

Accepted: 
18 Dec, 2017
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e-Published: 20 Dec, 2017

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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.

Risk Factors for Delinquency among Adolescent Boys in Trinidad

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2014.206
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455-60
Synopsis: 
Risk factors for delinquency were evaluated in a teenage population in Trinidad and were found to include low academic achievement, living environment and family arrests. Self-esteem, punishment and family structure were not associated with delinquency in this population.

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Objective: Various risk factors for juvenile delinquency have been identified but the extent to which they are applicable in Trinidad and Tobago has not been investigated. We conducted a case-control study comparing risk factors in delinquent and non-delinquent boys.

Accepted: 
09 Sep, 2014
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e-Published: 14 Jan, 2016

Burden of Palliative Care in a Public General Hospital Setting

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.046
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The number of patients requiring palliative care in Trinidad and Tobago is unknown. This pilot study assessed the prevalence of palliative care patients on an acute general medicine ward of public hospital and found a one month prevalence of about 23%.

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Objective: The number palliative care patients in Trinidad and Tobago is unknown. The purpose of this study is to estimate the prevalence of palliative care patients on a public general medical ward.

Accepted: 
04 Jun, 2015
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e-Published: 23 Nov, 2015

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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.

What are the Roles of Carbapenems, in an Institution Specific Epidemiological Antibiogram, in East Trinidad?

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.225
Synopsis: 
This document provides an overview of the development of an institution-specific antibiogram, looking at last line antibiotics, such as carbapenems. This provides an epidemiological trend for the entire institution. Patients' specific antibiograms and unit specific trends [e.g. ICU, surgical wards, and outpatient clinic] can be used as a guide in the patients with less severe infections. Thus, these recommendations should be tailored, as appropriate. This will help reduce the development of resistance when treating any patient for which, swabs, blood or urine are submitted.

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Objectives: This document provides an overview of the development of an institution specific epidemiological antibiogram. Emphasis was on last line antibiotics, such as carbapenems.    

Accepted: 
18 May, 2015
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e-Published: 10 Nov, 2015

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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.

Utility of the Tono-Pen in Measuring Intraocular Pressure in Trinidad: A Cross-sectional Study

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10.7727/wimj.2014.125
Pages: 
367–71
Synopsis: 
The high specificity and negative predictive value of the Tono-Pen suggests that it is a useful tool requiring minimal training, and can prove beneficial at the primary care level in the exclusion of increased intraocular pressure.

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Accepted: 
12 Aug, 2014
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e-Published: 12 May, 2015

An Unusual Case of Pulmonary Ascariasis in Trinidad: Should We Re-open the Can of Worms?

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10.7727/wimj.2014.226
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389–90

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Revised: 
17 Feb, 2015
Accepted: 
20 Feb, 2015
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e-Published: 11 May, 2015

Myasthenia Gravis in South Trinidad

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.105
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510–4
Synopsis: 
This cross-sectional study assessed the prevalence and characteristics of myasthenia gravis (MG) in South Trinidad. Estimated MG point prevalence in South Trinidad on March 31, 2010 was 78 per million. A statistically significant higher prevalence was detected in Africans than East-Indians.

ABSTRACT 

Objective: There is no previous research on Myasthenia Gravis (MG) in Trinidad and Tobago. This study sought to determine the prevalence and to characterize MG in South Trinidad.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed over 30 months in South Trinidad to identify, interview and statistically analyse data on MG cases.

Revised: 
20 Aug, 2012
Accepted: 
28 Sep, 2012
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e-Published: 14 Nov, 2013

Exercise Habits in South Trinidad: Motivating Forces and Barriers

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523–8
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This paper looks at the exercise habits of a multi-racial sample population in South Trinidad. Most persons do not exercise, or exercise inadequately and lack of adequate time is the major reason given by persons in the 15−59-year age group for not exercising.

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Objectives: There are many benefits of regular exercise. The aim of this study was to determine the exercise habits and knowledge of the benefits of exercise in a South Trinidad population. This study also sought to determine the motivating factors for exercise and the barriers experienced by those who did not exercise.

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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2013

The Guillain-Barré Syndrome at Two Hospitals in Trinidad, West Indies: A Review of 26 Patients

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514–7
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Over a period of four years, twenty-six consecutive patients with Guillain Barré syndrome were studied for their clinical features, electrophysiological findings, response to treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin therapy and recovery rates.

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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2013

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