Dina M Mahmassani

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Depression is prevalent across the life span worldwide. It is a common problem encountered in primary care settings. The World Health Organization recommends the integration of mental health into general health care in order to seal the existing gap between the number of patients who need mental health care and those who actually receive it. Addressing the(More)
BACKGROUND Studies assessing attitudes and beliefs of physicians regarding insulin therapy in Arab countries are scant despite the high prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). OBJECTIVE This study examines family physicians' attitudes and beliefs towards insulin therapy in T2DM patients in the East Mediterranean Region of the World Organization of(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effect of two different types of short text message service (SMS-text) reminders on the uptake of screening mammogram. METHODS A randomized controlled trial was conducted in 2010 among females aged between 40 and 75, benefiting from the Health Insurance Plan at the American University of Beirut, whose cell phone numbers were(More)
Jellyfish have a worldwide distribution. Their stings can cause different reactions, ranging from cutaneous, localized, and self-limited to serious systemic or fatal ones, depending on the envenoming species. Several first aid treatments are used to manage such stings but few have evidence behind their use. This review of the literature describes and(More)
OBJECTIVES In response to accumulating evidence on the detrimental health effects of second-hand smoke, governments throughout the world have adopted laws prohibiting indoor smoking in public places. Lebanon has recently enacted a law prohibiting indoor smoking in all of its forms, rendered effective as of 3 September 2012. This study examined the knowledge(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To assess the quality of diabetes mellitus (DM) care provided by a group of family doctors in Beirut. METHODS An observational study, conducted at the American University of Beirut Medical Center-Family Medicine Clinics (AUBMC-FMC), examined the electronic health records (EHRs) of the beneficiaries of the Health Insurance(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of psychological distress (PD) among parents of Lebanese children with cancer and to investigate the associated stressors and coping strategies. METHODS A cross-sectional study conducted at the American University of Beirut Medical Center-Children Cancer Center of Lebanon in 2012. Parents of all children with cancer(More)
BACKGROUND Invasive pneumococcal disease is one of the most important vaccine-preventable diseases threatening the adult community due to missed opportunities for vaccination. This study compares the effect of three different types of patient reminder system on adulthood Streptococcus pneumoniae immunization in a primary care setting. METHODS The study(More)
AIM To explore the current status of academic primary care research in Arab countries and investigate the barriers to its adequate implementation. BACKGROUND Research is an essential building block that ensures the advancement of the discipline of Family Medicine (FM). FM research thus ought to be contributed to by all family physicians; nevertheless, its(More)
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