Ai-Theng Cheong

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Early diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in primary care settings is difficult to achieve chiefly due to lack of availability of spirometry. This study estimated the prevalence of airflow limitation among chronic smokers using a handheld spirometer in this setting. METHODS This is a cross-sectional study(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the expectation of public healthcare providers/professionals (PHCPs) who are working closely with family medicine specialists (FMSs) at public health clinics. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING This study is part of a larger national study on the perception of the Malaysian public healthcare professionals on FMSs. PARTICIPANTS(More)
A persistent and increasing prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes mellitus has recently been reported in the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015. This commentary recapitulates the relevant and valuable lessons in the Malaysian national diabetes registries to inform the healthcare stakeholders and policy makers on potential areas of clinical(More)
AIM The aims of the present study were to assess the control of glycemia and other cardiovascular disease risk factors, and the association between age and these controls among older adults with type 2 diabetes in Malaysia. METHODS A cross-sectional study was carried out using cases notified to the Adult Diabetes Control and Management database between 1(More)
This study examined the factors associated with follow-up non-attendance (FUNA) and mortality among the adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Data on 57780 T2DM patients from the 2009 diabetes registry were analyzed using multinomial logistic mixed model. Out of 57780 patients, 3140 (5.4%) were lost to follow-up and 203 (0.4%) patients had(More)
Perception of healthcare providers who worked with family medicine specialists (FMSs) could translate into the effectiveness of primary healthcare delivery in daily practices. This study examined perceptions of public healthcare providers/professionals (PHCPs) on FMSs at public health clinics throughout Malaysia. This was a cross-sectional study in(More)
BACKGROUND Adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) face significant barriers to screening participation. We determined predictors for regular cardiovascular health screening at baseline among adults with ID in Singapore, and evaluated the effectiveness of a 3-month screening intervention. METHODS The study population involved all adults with ID aged(More)
Background Identification of pregnant women susceptible to rubella is important as vaccination can be given postpartum to prevent future risks of congenital rubella syndrome. However, rubella antibody screening is not offered as a routine practice in antenatal mothers in government run community health clinics in Malaysia at present due to cost constraint.(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine impressions of public healthcare providers/professionals (PHCPs) who are working closely with family medicine specialists (FMSs) at public health clinics. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING This study is part of a larger national study on the perception of Malaysian public healthcare professionals on FMSs (PERMFAMS). (More)
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