David C M Kong

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BACKGROUND Medication regimen attributes, such as the number of drugs, dosage frequency, administration instructions, and the prescribed dosage forms, have been shown to influence patient outcomes. No single tool for quantifying the complexity of general medication regimens has been published in the medical literature. OBJECTIVE To develop and validate a(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop and validate a questionnaire to screen for potential nonadherence in patients with chronic ailments. METHODS Themes from qualitative interviews with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients were used in developing content of the questionnaire. The questionnaire was distributed to 525 ambulatory patients with chronic lung(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the type and frequency of services provided through community pharmacies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). METHODS A survey was conducted using an anonymous questionnaire distributed by hand to 700 community pharmacies. Items included information about the pharmacists and pharmacies, type of products sold, type and extent of(More)
BACKGROUND Patient satisfaction has become an integral component of the quality of healthcare services. It has been used for the purpose of performance assessment, reimbursement, and quality management of health service delivery. It has been suggested that patient satisfaction could be a predictor of health-related behavior. OBJECTIVES To develop and(More)
BACKGROUND Medication lists offer an alternative source of data on comorbidities and disease burden. OBJECTIVE To develop and validate the Medication-Based Disease Burden Index (MDBI). METHODS A list of medications corresponding to the leading causes of global death was pilot tested and finalized by an expert panel. The resulting index was tested on(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to explore their beliefs about CAM. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS Cross-sectional study of 173 patients with moderate to severe COPD, and in depth interviews with a purposive sample of 28 patients. SETTING Ambulatory(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the characteristics and workforce issues of community pharmacy practice in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). METHODS Data collection was by anonymous cross-sectional survey. Questionnaires were distributed by hand to 700 community pharmacies to collect information about the participating pharmacists, pharmacy characteristics, the(More)
Multidrug-resistant bacteria are major causes of nosocomial infections and are associated with considerable morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. Preventive strategies have therefore become increasingly important. Mathematical modeling has been widely used to understand the transmission dynamics of nosocomial infections and the quantitative effects of(More)
AIMS A modular interdisciplinary platform was developed to investigate the economic impact of oseltamivir treatment by dosage regimen under simulated influenza pandemic scenarios. METHODS The pharmacology module consisted of a pharmacokinetic distribution of oseltamivir carboxylate daily area under the concentration-time curve at steady state (simulated(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain any differences in knowledge and perceptions of generic medicines between senior (final year) medical students and pharmacy pre-registrants in Australia. METHODS National web-based surveys containing 16 common questions were administered to each group. Responses were compared using Mann-Whitney U-test. RESULTS Responses were(More)