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Friday, November 08, 2013

Featured Issues: African Journal of Health Sciences Vol.17 No.3 & 4

This is our very first time featuring African Journal of Health Sciences on our blog! Today we will be featuring issues 3 and 4 from vol.17. 

This includes "Costing injuries in South Africa: preliminary results and challenges from a pilot study" by Bowman et al. This article aims to uncover the costs of injuries in the South African public health sector by providing a baseline for medical costs of the treatment of gunshot wounds, pedestrian-motor vehicle collision injuries, as well as falls and burns at a public health facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"Prescription status of Respiratory tract infection - a survey report" by Ramvikas et al. aims to investigate how respiratory tract infections are treated in developing countries, with a focus on South India. Treatment by means of self-medication and consumption of drugs prescribed by non-doctors were assessed. The results showed that out of 1000 respondents, those between 21 and 40 years of age were more prone to self-medication due to economic factors, lack of time and lack of treatment awareness among others. The authors conclude that pharmacists should educate patients to improve patient compliance and prevent diseases.

For the complete details of these studies and other articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=jh&year=2010&vol=17&num=3-4&keys=V17N3-4

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