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Friday, August 01, 2014

49% of patients with HIV were diagnosed with heart failure in this study -- Tanzania Journal of Health Research Vol.15 No.2

This is our third post on the latest updated issues of the Tanzania Journal of Health Research on Bioline. Today we are featuring vol.15 no.2.

This issue includes "Factors associated with, and echocardiographic findings of heart failure among HIV infected patients at a tertiary health care facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania" by Bakari et al. This study aims to unpack the factors associated with heart failure among patients with HIV, as well as examine the echocardiographic findings. The study was conducted at Muhimbili National Hospital, a tertiary care facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Patients with HIV who also had cardiac complaints between September 2009 and April 2010. 49% of patients were diagnosed with heart failure, which was confirmed by echocardiography. The most common causes of heart failure were hypertensive heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and dilated cardiomyopathy. The results indicated that heart failure was common among patients with HIV who also had cardiac complaints. The factors for heart failure were associated with both modifiable and non-modfiable factors.

This issue also includes "Comprehensive health workforce planning: re-consideration of the primary health care approach as a tool for addressing the human resource for health crisis in low and middle income countries" by Munga & Mwangu. This article includes a literature review of case studies of low- and middle-income countries and their use of the Primary Health Care and existing planning approaches toward the Human Resources for Health crisis. Data from Tanzania was also used in this study, as well as consultations with experts. This article also details a conceptual framework using Primary Health Care as its foundation. The article concludes that health workforce planning is not common in Human Resources for Health planning due to lack of knowledge, and that Human Resources for Health planning is important but cannot be used alone to ensure that the Human Resource Health crisis is eliminated.

You can find these articles and others from this issue here.

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