Beijing, May 31, 2018: The May 2018 issue includes four original research articles, a reflection article, a China Focus article and a Letter to the Editor addressing various topics in family medicine in both China and internationally.
The first featured article in this issue is an original research article entitled "Geographic and health system correlates of interprofessional oral health practice" by authors Sean G. Boynes, Abigail Lauer and Amy Martin. Caries activity is one of the most common diseases of childhood, and prevention/intervention by primary care teams can positively impact patient results. This analysis examined unknown correlates of oral health prevention and intervention at geographic, organizational, and system levels relating to the impact of referral mechanisms and systems as well as health information technology on fluoride varnish administration and risk-based oral evaluations.
The second featured article is a reflection article entitled "The role of the teaching practice in undergraduate education - A British perspective" by Patricia Houlston. This article describes and reflects on the role of the teaching practice in undergraduate education on the basis of the author's experience in the United Kingdom. Recognizing that China is addressing the huge task of developing a general practice workforce in an unprecedented short time, I hope that sharing these ideas will be helpful. General practitioners are well able to teach the basics of medicine. However, their real strengths come when they are focusing on key consulting skills needed for general practice, developing reflective lifelong learners, and cultivating good attitudes. The practice is also able to demonstrate preventive medicine, chronic disease management, and multidisciplinary care. By providing exposure to general practice at this early stage in a medical career, the teaching practice will hopefully inspire and attract the general practice workforce of the future.
The third featured article is a China Focus article entitled "Impacts from the implementation of a Novel Clinical Pharmacist Training Program in Changsha, Hunan Province, China by Ping Xu, Da Xiong Xiang, Andrew J. Cave and Hoan Linh Banh. This is the first clinical pharmacy train-the-trainer program in China in collaboration with a university in Canada teaching clinical pharmacists how to provide direct patient care and to conduct clinical research. The program was well accepted by the hospital staff and administration. As a result of the changes implemented, the hospital was ranked as having the third best clinical pharmacy department in China.
Other articles published in the issue include:>
Cross-sectional analysis of obesity and high blood pressure among undergraduate students of a University Medical College in South India
Sravan Kumar Chenji, Chythra R. Rao, Saranya Sivanesan, Veena Kamath, Asha Kamath
Genetic screening for quality-of-life improvement and post-genetic testing consideration in Saudi Arabia
Faten Dhawi, Faisal Shehab Alotaibi
Letter to the Editor
Has Mayaro virus always existed or is it new?
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Full bibliographic information
Volume 6, Number 2
Family Medicine and Community Health
ISSN 2305-6983 (Print); ISSN: 2009-8774 (Online)