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Blood Transfusion in the Caribbean: A Case Study of Trinidad and Tobago

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2017.174
Pages: 
478–85
Synopsis: 
This article uses the case of Trinidad and Tobago to examine the history and current state of blood transfusion services in the Caribbean and to present early results of an initiative for improving blood safety and adequacy in the region.

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Accepted: 
02 Jul, 2017
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e-Published: 04 Aug, 2017

A Profile of Central Corneal Thickness (CCT) in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma in Trinidad and Tobago and the Implications

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.553
Synopsis: 
This study was designed as an observational, prospective longitudinal consecutive series of patients, with primary open angle glaucoma and control, conducted over a one year period. 80.2% of primary open angle glaucoma and 78.3% of controls had CCT <555um; this independently confers a 3.4 fold increased risk of developing glaucoma; both cohorts showed 25% had a family history of glaucoma. This study adds to the body of evidence demonstrating the high multiple risk factors within our population. The author discusses the epidemiological implications and the need for improved efforts towards developing screening programmes, earlier detection and timely intervention.

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Accepted: 
30 Mar, 2017
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e-Published: 08 May, 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.

Screening for Non-communicable Diseases at a Walk-in Clinic in Trinidad, West Indies: A Time-motion Cross-sectional Study and Net Present Value Analysis

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.277
Pages: 
122-30
Synopsis: 
A cross-sectional, six-station screening process for non-communicable diseases was carried out at a walk-in clinic in Trinidad and Tobago: invitation and consent, history, biometrics, blood levels and urinalysis (laboratory), basic examinations and an exit interview. This process was found to be feasible and provided monetary value in three of four scenarios.

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Objective: The overall aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of recommending a screening process for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors, as a national and regional model.

Accepted: 
03 Jan, 2017
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e-Published: 12 Jan, 2017

Understanding HPV Vaccine Receipt among Adolescents in Trinidad and Tobago

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.599
Pages: 
154–59
Synopsis: 
This research was funded by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of HPV vaccine receipt among adolescents attending high schools in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Objective: To understand the barriers or factors that may hinder receipt of the Human Papilloma virus (HPV) among adolescent girls 14-18 years old, and evaluate the awareness level about HPV and the HPV vaccine acceptance.

Accepted: 
01 Jan, 2016
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e-Published: 21 Sep, 2016

The Living Kidney Donor Perspective in a Transplant Programme in Trinidad and Tobago – Seeing Donation through the Donor’s Eyes

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.037
Pages: 
697–701
Synopsis: 
Informed consent is critical to encourage and facilitate living donor renal transplants. Actual donors are the people best suited to identify the positives and the pitfalls of kidneys' donation. Kidney donors from June 2006 to March 2011 were surveyed.

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Objectives:  To determine issues from actual donors in our local programme which may have a psychological impact on kidney donation.   

Methods: Living donors between June 2006 and March 2011 were given an un-standardized questionnaire. Of the 72 donors, 43 responded and information about their demographics, their motivation to donate and their transplant experiences were collated.

Accepted: 
15 Feb, 2016
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e-Published: 01 Mar, 2016

Thyrotoxic Hypokalaemic Periodic Paralysis: A Case Series from Trinidad, West Indies

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.193
Pages: 
299–304
Synopsis: 
Thyrotoxic hypokalaemic periodic paralysis has rarely been described among West Indians. We draw attention to seven cases encountered on the Island of Trinidad over a 25-year period in diverse ethnicities. All the cases were successfully treated. The global literature on thyrotoxic is reviewed from a West Indian perspective with an hypokalaemic periodic paralysis emphasis on the multiethnic presence of this illness in modern-day cosmopolitan populations.

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Accepted: 
27 Apr, 2015
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e-Published: 09 Nov, 2015

Non-communicable Diseases Risk Factors Survey 2014 among University of the West Indies staff, Trinidad and Tobago

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.051
Synopsis: 
High prevalence of non-communicable diseases risk factors (physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, obesity, alcohol use and hypertension) was demonstrated among University of the West Indies staff in Trinidad and Tobago, with 30% having ≥ 3 risk factors, compared to 51% among the general Trinidad and Tobago population.

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Objective: To determine the prevalence of NCD risk factors among University of the West Indies staff in Trinidad and Tobago. To compare these results with the national population-based 2011 STEPS NCD risk factor survey for Trinidad & Tobago.

Accepted: 
23 Mar, 2015
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e-Published: 20 Aug, 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.

Risk Factors for Low Birth Weight in South West Trinidad: A Case-Control Study

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2014.161
Pages: 
88–94
Synopsis: 
A case-controlled study revealed that contributors to low birth weight were maternal age, low booking maternal weight, and a low weight gain. Higher birth weight was predicted by early and adequate number of antenatal visits, male sex and vaginal delivery.

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Revised: 
17 Feb, 2015
Accepted: 
20 May, 2015
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e-Published: 08 May, 2015

A Comparative Survey of Pacemaker Implantation in Trinidad and Tobago in 2005 and 2009

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.330
Pages: 
474–8
Synopsis: 
This study compares the cardiac pacemaker implantation rates in Trinidad and Tobago in 2005 and 2009 and examines the rate of implantation compared to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Trinidad and Tobago and other countries.
ABSTRACT 
 
Objective: The indications for permanent pacemaker implantations in Trinidad have expanded from initially symptomatic bradycardia to now include complex devices. A retrospective review of the available data was conducted to better understand the evolving trends in device implantation in Trinidad and Tobago. 
 
Accepted: 
30 Jul, 2013
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e-Published: 15 May, 2014

Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) Risk Score as a Predictor of In-hospital Mortality for Acute Coronary Syndrome in Trinidad and Tobago

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2014.172
Pages: 
52–9
Synopsis: 
The GRACE risk score, which was developed in a predominantly Caucasian population, was not previously tested in a Caribbean population. This study found it to be a reliable predictor of in-hospital mortality in a multi-ethnic Trinidadian acute coronary syndrome population, making it a useful risk stratification tool.

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Objective: To determine whether risk stratification using the Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) risk score is a predictor of in-hospital mortality for ACS patients in a multi-ethnic Caribbean population.

Accepted: 
30 Sep, 2014
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e-Published: 12 May, 2015

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