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January-March 2019
Volume 44 | Issue 1
Page Nos. 1-73

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Strategies for ensuring quality health care in India: Experiences from the field Highly accessed article p. 1
K Madan Gopal
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_65_19  
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Antimicrobial resistance: Progress in the decade since emergence of New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase in India Highly accessed article p. 4
Avika Dixit, Neeta Kumar, Sanjiv Kumar, Vidyasagar Trigun
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_217_18  
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as a major threat to public health estimated to cause 10 million deaths annually by 2050. India carries one of the largest burdens of drug-resistant pathogens worldwide. NDM-1 reported in 2008, rapidly spread to other countries was named after India's capital. India is one of the largest consumers of antibiotics worldwide, and antibiotic sale is increasing rapidly. AMR develops when microbes develop mechanisms to evade the action of antimicrobials. The factors that contribute to AMR include irrational and overuse of antibiotics. In India, various actions have been taken including setting up of a National Task Force on AMR Containment (2010), “Chennai Declaration” by a consortium of the Indian Medical Societies (2012), Setting of Indian Council of Medical Research national surveillance network of laboratories, “Redline” campaign for educating public and National Action Plan on AMR 2017. There is a need integrating AMR education in medical education. India needs to start the subspecialty of infectious diseases and strengthen laboratory services. Every hospital needs to have an AMR policy including infection control, improvement in hygiene, and sanitation and antibiotic use. An element of research needs to be integrated into the AMR policy and encouragement of the pharmaceutical industry to develop “superbug antibiotics.” Unless AMR is addressed effectively the gains made in health are likely to be lost.
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Revisiting the relevance of community medicine in undergraduate medical curriculum Highly accessed article p. 9
Anand Krishnan
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_241_18  
There have been attempts recently to bring clarity as to the role/functions of the discipline of community medicine. Debates on whether community medicine is a discipline in itself and if so is it a clinical discipline has been there for decades across the world. As the departments of community medicine do not exclusively teach any clinical skill to undergraduate or postgraduates, it is difficult to argue that our discipline is a clinical discipline. Our stalwarts are also known for their work at community and government level and not as clinicians. Our current undergraduate course does not prepare the students adequately for their role in society, profession and health system. Our mandate is to prepare the would-be-doctors as a “finished product” to the country. Our training should address the current crisis that afflicts our profession. A list of learning objectives to be achieved in the three domains of profession, health system, and society and suggestions to improve the teaching of this discipline are provided in this paper.
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Role of social support and spouse abuse in low birth weight: A Case–control study from Puducherry, India p. 12
Yamini Marimuthu, Sonali Sarkar, Shivanand Kattimani, Yuvaraj Krishnamoorthy, Bharathnag Nagappa
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_114_18  
Background: Low birth weight (LBW) is a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. In addition to medical/clinical risk factors, various socio-demographic factors also have an impact on birth weight. Objective: The objective of the study is to determine the association of antenatal social support and spouse abuse during pregnancy with LBW in Urban areas of Puducherry. Materials and Methods: A community-based case–control study was conducted in Puducherry. Mothers of 100 LBW infants and normal birth weight infants in 2016 were studied. Functional Social Support Questionnaire and Index of Spouse Abuse scales were used. Conditional logistic regression for matched pair studies was done for multivariate analysis. Results: Mean (± standard deviation) age and education of the study participants was 25.6 (±3.5) and 8.28 (±3.6) years, respectively. The proportion of girl child was 59% and 43% among cases and controls, respectively. Mothers with higher perceived social support (odds ratio [OR] = 0.5; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.4–0.7) had lesser odds of LBW. The odds of LBW was 3.6 (adjusted OR [aOR] = 3.6; 95% CI: 1.3–9.9) times and 6.9 (aOR = 6.9; 95% CI: 1.5–31.9) times greater among mothers who experienced nonphysical abuse and had pregnancy-induced hypertension respectively and it was statistically significant after adjusting for child's gender, social support, and parity. Conclusions: The presence of nonphysical abuse during the antenatal period increased the risk of LBW. The awareness should be created in the community to prevent maternal exposure to abuse.
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Burden of pulmonary tuberculosis among tribal population: A cross-sectional study in tribal areas of Maharashtra, India p. 17
Anil J Purty, Amit Kumar Mishra, Ramesh Chand Chauhan, Rajendran Prahankumar, Prabakaran Stalin, Joy Bazroy
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_120_18  
Background: It is very important to identify and treat infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) patients at the earliest to save the life of the patients and to prevent the transmission of infectious agent to others. As per Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report 2017, an estimated 28 lakh new TB cases occur and 4.23 lakh people die due to TB annually. Due to the poor health services and lack of awareness, particularly vulnerable tribal groups are vulnerable or at risk to many diseases including TB. Methodology: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the burden of pulmonary TB (PTB) among adult tribal population of Maharashtra. House-to-house visit was conducted to identify the presumptive TB cases and sputum microscopy and chest X-ray were done to confirm the diagnosis. Results: In the survey, 6898 tribal adults were interviewed from 8 tribal clusters, and among them, 144 (2.1%) presumptive TB cases were identified. The most common symptom among the presumptive TB cases was cough for >2 weeks (93.1%). The prevalence of PTB in the study area estimated is 261per lakh tribal population per year. Conclusion: The current study shows that the estimated burden of PTB among tribal population is within the wide variation of prevalence reported from other studies in different tribal communities (133–3294 per lakh population) in India. The current study provides vital information on the burden of TB among the tribal population of Maharashtra which can be used as a baseline data for future epidemiological studies.
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Prevalence and determinants of metabolic syndrome among the rural adult population of Puducherry p. 21
Vinayagamoorthy Venugopal, Amol R Dongre, Sumathi Saravanan
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_132_18  
Background: Burden of metabolic syndrome (MS) is rising. There were many previous studies conducted in India on MS, yet it is less studied in Puducherry which has embraced modern culture and lifestyle. Hence, we aimed to study the prevalence and predictors of MS. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was undertaken on a representative sample of 489 adults of age 30 years and above over the period of 18 months. MS was defined according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) criteria. Data on sociodemography, lifestyle characteristics, and biochemical parameters were collected by a well-trained health professional using standard methods. Generalized linear models with Poisson distribution and log link function were used to calculate the adjusted prevalence ratio (PR). Results: The prevalence of MS was 39.7% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 35.3–44.1) among the study participants. The most commonly deranged component of MS was central obesity (63.6%). Increasing age, upper socioeconomic status, low fruit intake, physical inactivity, use of refined sunflower oil (PR: 1.40, 95% CI: 1.07–1.83) for cooking, and high perceived stress (PR: 1.77, 95% CI: 1.32–2.37) were found to be associated with MS. Conclusion: The prevalence of MS in Puducherry was high as per the IDF criteria. Usage of refined sunflower oil for cooking and perceived stress was independently associated with an increased risk of MS along with other routinely studied risk factors.
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Maternal mortality in rural Varanasi: Delays, causes, and contributing factors p. 26
Kalpana Kumari, Ratan Kumar Srivastava, Manushi Srivastava, Neeti Purwar
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_170_18  
Background: Pregnancy and motherhood are natural processes and considered to be full of positive experiences. However, for various reasons many women end up dying during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality have been prioritized in several international declarations and national policies. Objectives: The objective of the study is to assess delays, cause, and its contributing factors related to maternal deaths in rural Varanasi. Methodology: Verbal and Social Autopsy have been done for each maternal death occurred between April 2015 and March 2016 in four randomly selected blocks of rural Varanasi. The “3 Delay Model” and “Pathway analysis” concept was used in collection and analysis of data through in-depth interview of three people (family member, neighbor, and a health worker) for each maternal death. Cause of death and delays was identified by two reviewers (obstetrician) independently. Results: In almost half of the autopsied cases two different delays were found, and in one-third case, only one delay was found. Direct obstetric cause found in more than half (54%) cases. Hemorrhage and anemia were found major direct and indirect obstetric cause, respectively. Other causes identified were sepsis (direct), jaundice, and meningitis. A number of social, behavioral, and cultural factors were identified, that had been contributed to different delays related to the maternal deaths. Conclusions: First delay was present in most of (90%) cases. Nonbiological (social, behavioral, and cultural) and health service factors were also identified in this study.
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Comparison of performance of digital hemoglobinometer over automated hematology analyzer for hemoglobin estimation and its user-friendliness among the pregnant women in selected district hospitals of Madhya Pradesh p. 31
Manju Toppo, Dinesh Kumar Pal, Devendra Gour, Veena Melwani, Manju Dubey, Archana Mishra
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_216_18  
Context: There is a need for a simple screening method for the detection of anemia that can be used by public health workers in the field. Aims: The aim of this study was to compare two methods for hemoglobin estimation, i.e., automated hematology analyzer and Digital Hemoglobinometer, and to find out the sensitivity and specificity of Digital Hemoglobinometer for the estimation of hemoglobin. Subjects and Methods: A hospital-based cross-sectional study was carried out for 6 months from April to September 2017 in a District Hospital of five High Priority Districts of Madhya Pradesh. Two hundred and sixty antenatal females per district were selected for the study. Results: The mean hemoglobin by autoanalyzer is 10.19, and that by Digital Hemoglobinometer device is 9.89. Overall, sensitivity of Digital Hemoglobinometer for hemoglobin estimation was calculated to be 89.4% and specificity was calculated to be 63.6%. Positive predictive value was found to be 82.6% and negative predictive value was 75.8% compared against AutoAnalyser (gold standard). Conclusions: As the Digital Hemoglobinometer device has high sensitivity and specificity and good diagnostic accuracy, it must be used at the community level in resource-poor setting for hemoglobin estimation. In primary health-care conditions, Digital Hemoglobinometer can significantly reduce misdiagnosis of anemia compared with clinical assessment alone.
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A cross-sectional study of gender-based violence against men in the rural area of Haryana, India p. 35
Jagbir Singh Malik, Anuradha Nadda
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_222_18  
Background: Research across the globe highlights rights violations and abuses experienced by women and seldom are channeled toward any atrocities being experienced by men. Objectives: To find the prevalence, characteristics, and sociodemographic correlates of gender-based violence against men. Materials and Methods: It was a community-based, cross-sectional study using multistage random sampling in which a total of 1000 married men in the age group of 21–49 years were interviewed using modified conflict tactics scale. Results: In the present study, 52.4% of men experienced gender-based violence. Out of 1000, males 51.5% experienced violence at the hands of their wives/intimate partner at least once in their lifetime and 10.5% in the last 12 months. The most common spousal violence was emotional (51.6%) followed by physical violence (6%). Only in one-tenth cases, physical assaults were severe. In almost half of the cases, husband initiated physical and emotional violence. Gender symmetry does not exist in India for physical violence. Less family income, education up to middle class, nuclear family setup, and perpetrator under the influence of alcohol were identified as risk factors. Earning spouse with education up to graduation is the risk factor for bidirectional physical violence. Conclusion: Besides women, men are also the victims of gender-based violence. This demands the future investigation and necessary intervention on gender-based violence against men in India.
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Effectiveness of color coded diabetic control monitoring charts among elderly diabetics attending outreach primary care geriatric clinics in rural Karnataka: An open label randomized control trial p. 39
Farah N Fathima, Neethu George, Meera George, Savan Sara Mathew, M Rajitha, Twinkle Agrawal, Arvind Kasturi
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_231_18  
Introduction: Type 2 diabetes mellitus problem is progressively rising every day. The adherence to the treatment approaches and health-seeking make major difference in case of diabetics particularly elderly. Visual tools improve the involvement of patients in their care, especially among populations with low health literacy. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of color-coded diabetic control monitoring charts on glycemic control among elderly diabetics. Methodology: 144 elderly diabetic patients attending rural primary care geriatric clinics were randomized into two groups. Those randomized to the intervention group received the color-coded diabetic monitoring chart and a health education package in addition to the usual consultation services. Baseline and 1-year follow-up glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) values were used to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. Results: The results of multivariate linear regression analysis showed that there was an average reduction of 0.265% in HbA1C value in the intervention group when compared to the nonintervention group when adjusted for baseline HbA1C and number of visits during the intervention period (β coefficient = 0.265,P < 0.05). Conclusion: Color-coded diabetes charts are effective in achieving glycemic control among elderly diabetics, and steps should be made to inculcate visually appealing management approaches in case of elderly diabetic patients.
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Survival analysis of treatment defaulters among tuberculosis patients in government medical college and hospital, Aurangabad p. 44
Apeksha Premnath Paunikar, Hrishikesh Arvindrao Khadilkar, Mohan Kondiba Doibale, Avinash R Lamb
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_292_18  
Context: Tuberculosis (TB) patients who do not complete treatment pose a potential public health risk through disease reactivation, increased transmission, and development of drug resistance. Aims: (1) To determine the duration TB patients stay in the treatment before defaulting. (2) Factors associated with defaulters who had been treated in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Aurangabad. Setting and Design: The study was conducted at TB Unit of GMCH, Aurangabad, and community. This was a retrospective cohort study. Materials and Methods: Based on record review of 440 bacteriological-confirmed TB patients enrolled in the TB Unit of GMCH, Aurangabad, in 2015 from January 1, to December 31, we collected information on potential risk factors of all confirmed cases by primary and secondary data. For survival analysis, outcome of interest was treatment defaulter. Kaplan–Meier curves, log-rank test, and Cox-proportional hazard regression analysis were used to model outcome of interest. Statistical Analysis Used: Statistical analysis is performed using SPSS version 17. Results: Out of total 440 TB patients registered, 13 patients got defaulted in 2015. Overall mean time of default was 279 days, with 276 days for males against 279 days for females. Many patients interrupted treatment during continuation phase. Treatment defaulters had an association with gender, category at the initiation of treatment, HIV status, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Conclusion: Targeted intervention with the goal toward adherence in persons abusing smoking and alcohol is recommended. Necessary actions need to be initiated in the program to strengthen the follow-up of patients and to bring behavioral changes by proper counseling.
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An outcome-based follow-up study of cured category I Pulmonary Tuberculosis Adult Cases from Various Tuberculosis Units under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program from a Western Indian City p. 48
Rashmi Sharma, Shailesh Prajapati, Parita Patel, Brijesh Patel, Sanju Gajjar, Nirav Bapat
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_310_18  
Context: Despite the nationwide implementation of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program in India, adverse outcome after treatment is on rise. Program guidelines propose follow-up of cured patients for 2 years which is rarely done. Objectives: The main objectives of this study is (1) To find the response of treatment in terms of failure and drug resistance (recurrence of symptoms and mortality experience) and (2) Collect client perspective about the program and suggest the same to program managers. Subjects and Methods: Community-based tracking of 365 cured adult Category I pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) cases drawn from three nearby TB units was done with a structured designed questionnaire. It was done to record the adverse events after 1–3 years of completion of treatment and also to record the client perspective about the program. In case of nonsurvivors, verbal autopsy was conducted by interviewing the next available relative. Results: A total of 365, only 226 (60%) could be covered mainly due to wrong/incomplete address and 35 cases did not survive. Of 191 survivors who were tracked, 94.7% had sputum microscopy at the completion of treatment. Total 54 (23.9%) cases had adverse outcomes, including 31 with symptoms suggestive of TB and 23 died directly/indirectly due to TB. This cohort of cured cases, posttreatment, observed 15 times (annualized) high mortality than their counterparts. Clients or relatives largely rated the program as good/very good. Conclusions: Post-treatment tracking is must to detect an adverse outcome which is high. Most survivors and relatives of expired cases rated the program as good to very good.
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Predominant determinants of delayed tuberculosis sputum conversion in Indonesia p. 53
Dyah Wulan Sumekar Rengganis Wardani, Endro Prasetyo Wahono
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_319_18  
Context: Sputum conversion in the first 2 months of tuberculosis (TB) treatment is closely related to successful treatment and a decrease in the likelihood of relapse. In 2015, there were 76% high TB burden countries with low rate of TB successful treatment. Aims: This study aims to evaluate the correlation between delayed sputum conversion and several determinants including social determinants, smoking, malnutrition, and type II diabetes mellitus (DM). Settings and Design: A case–control approach was used to study the potential determinants. A case sample group consisted of smear-positive TB patients with delayed sputum conversion (31 patients) at community health centers in Bandar Lampung, Indonesia. Meanwhile, a control sample group consisted of smear-positive TB patients with sputum conversion (62 patients). Subjects and Methods: Primary data consisted of social determinants and smoking, were collected through in-depth interviews. Meanwhile, secondary data consisted of malnutrition, DM, and sputum conversion were obtained from the medical record. Statistical Analysis Used: Data were analyzed using Chi-square and multivariate logistic regression. Results: Low education (odds ratio [OR]: 5.313; 95% (confidence interval [CI]: 1.711–16.503), low social class (OR: 4.993; 95% CI: 1.430–17.430), smoking (OR: 7.457; 95% CI: 1.757–31.640), and DM (OR: 7.168; 95% CI: 1.746–29.431) influenced delayed sputum conversion. Conclusions: TB control programs in high TB burden countries with low rate of TB successful treatment, should be integrate TB treatment education, smoking cessation programs and follow-up treatments for TB patients with DM to improve the probability of sputum conversion and successful treatment.
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Analyzing the blood bank service quality from Indian blood donors' perspective: An empirical evidence p. 58
Shantanu Saha, Jayatee Bhattacharya
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_237_18  
Objective: The objective of this study is to assess the levels of service quality provided by blood banks from blood donors' perspective and simultaneously judge the opinion of their satisfaction level based on SERVQUAL (service quality) variables, namely Reliability, Assurance, Tangibility, Empathy, and Responsiveness. Materials and Methods: A self-administered and respecified structured SERVQUAL questionnaire is prepared to address expectation and perception of services experienced by blood donors. A total of 280 blood donors' responses were collected by visiting blood banks. Results: The study endorsed all the significant five dimensions affecting the blood donors' expectation with actual service experienced during the exercise of donation. Average of overall service quality index gap is 0.38. Highest gap scores were significantly perceived in “Assurance” (Gap score 0.55) and “Empathy” (Gap score 0.49). In addition, “Tangibles,” “Reliability,” and “Responsiveness” scores are equitable, implying the blood donors' satisfaction level with the blood bank services. Conclusions: This study divulges blood bank's need to dissect and evaluate the level of service quality provided by them, along with consideration to the measurements of service quality gap models for the better fulfillment of blood contributors and retention.
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Profile of reproductive tract infections among attendees of reproductive tract infection/sexually transmitted infection clinic in a Tertiary Care Institute of Ahmedabad, Gujarat p. 62
Nikesh Agrawal, Manish M Rana, Krina B Patel, Nirav Bapat
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_32_18  
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Tubercular abscess near diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus injection site: A rare complication of immunization p. 64
Arun Prasad, Pradeep Kumar, Pratap Patra, Abhiranjan Prasad
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_220_18  
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Health and hygienic parameters of food handlers and sanitary status of food establishments in a medical college of Delhi p. 66
Divya Khanna, Bratati Banerjee, Akanksha Tomar, Kalika Gupta, Ruchira Pangtey, Suneela Garg
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_248_18  
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Implementation of population-based cancer screening program in a pilot study from India: Views from health personnel p. 68
Ashwini Kedar, Ravi Kannan, Ravi Mehrotra, Roopa Hariprasad
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_268_18  
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Role of hand washing and water storage in copper tank on incidence of diarrhea p. 71
Mahantayya V Math, Yashoda R Kattimani, Manjusha M Padhye
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_302_18  
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Are we prepared to save the sanctity of science from predatory journals? p. 72
Vignesh Ramachandran, Esaki M Shankar
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_312_18  
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Community medicine – Prep manual for undergraduates p. 73
Zile Singh
DOI:10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_89_19  
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