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

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2017.174
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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

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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

Perspectives in Bioethics: Precision Medicine a Threat to Health Equity

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.074
Synopsis: 
Precision medicine is an important advance that can ameliorate the disease burden in Trinidad and Tobago. This viewpoint highlights some important ethical considerations if precision medicine were to be integrated into the public health care system of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Accepted: 
07 Jun, 2016
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e-Published: 14 Jul, 2016

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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.

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.

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

Substance Use and Abuse and Its Effects on Mental Disorders in Trinidad and Tobago – The Available Prevention and Management Strategies

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.229
Pages: 
429–31
Synopsis: 
This paper deals with the relationship between substance abuse and mental illness in Trinidad and Tobago, its implications and management strategies.
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This paper deals with the relationship between substance abuse and mental illness in Trinidad and Tobago, its implications and management strategies. Dealing with mental health issues is an uphill battle and an attempt will be in this paper to deal with the major issues at hand. 

Accepted: 
14 Apr, 2015
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e-Published: 20 Nov, 2015

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

Issue: 
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

Substance Use and Abuse and Its Effects on Mental Disorders in Trinidad and Tobago – The Available Prevention and Management Strategies

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.229
Synopsis: 
This paper deals with the relationship between substance abuse and mental illness in Trinidad and Tobago, its implications and management strategies.

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This paper deals with the relationship between substance abuse and mental illness in Trinidad and Tobago, its implications and management strategies. Dealing with mental health issues is an uphill battle and an attempt will be made in this paper to address the major issues at hand.

Accepted: 
14 Apr, 2015
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e-Published: 09 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.

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.

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