Douglas E. Ball

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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to measure the attitude and practice of Kuwaiti patients in Kuwait with regard to safe disposal of unwanted medicines. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Three-hundred patients or their family members waiting for prescriptions at public general hospitals in Kuwait completed a questionnaire soliciting their practice with regard to(More)
BACKGROUND Patient organisations may be exposed to conflicts of interest and undue influence through pharmaceutical industry (Pharma) donations. We examined advertising and disclosure of financial support by pharmaceutical companies on the websites of major patient organisations. METHOD Sixty-nine national and international patient organisations covering(More)
OBJECTIVE As a preliminary to designing a health education programme on epilepsy for teachers in Zimbabwe, we evaluated the knowledge and attitudes to epilepsy of teachers in Epworth, a poor, high density suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. MATERIALS AND METHODS All teachers in Epworth were invited to awareness workshops on epilepsy. A questionnaire on knowledge(More)
A retrospective study of the pattern of poisoning cases admitted to eight major urban referral hospitals in Zimbabwe over a 2-year period (1998-1999 inclusive) was conducted to describe the pattern of poisoning at these centres. There were a total of 2764 hospital admissions due to poisoning, involving a total of 2846 toxic agents. Accidental poisoning (AP)(More)
PURPOSE The use of primary health care personnel to identify cases of epilepsy and initiate simple treatment protocols has been advocated as a solution to the numeric inadequacy and uneven distribution of medical manpower available for the management of epilepsy in developing countries. This study sought to evaluate the effectiveness of primary health care(More)
Cantharidin, the active ingredient of "Spanish Fly", is contained in a number of insects collectively called blister beetles and is a well known toxin and vesicant. We report on a case of ingestion of Mylabris dicincta ("Blister beetle") in Zimbabwe by a 4 year old girl. The ingested beetles were probably mistaken for the edible Eulepida mashona. She(More)
BACKGROUND Acute pesticide poisoning (APP) is a well-recognized cause of morbidity and mortality but is not well described in developing countries. We describe the toxicoepidemiology of APP in Zimbabwe. METHODS All cases of APP admitted to eight major referral hospitals in Zimbabwe from January 1998 to December 1999 (inclusive) were identified using ICD-9(More)
To test the effectiveness of a simple educational intervention to encourage households to return unwanted medicines via a municipal collection program and to investigate the most common sources and types of unwanted medicines in the home. Households in Kuwait City, Kuwait. A convenience sample of 200 households in Kuwait received an educational letter and(More)
UNLABELLED Past studies of pediatric poisoning in Kuwait have suggested differences at hospital level which could impact on the implementation of public health interventions. The objective was to compare pediatric poisoning admissions at general hospitals in Kuwait. METHODS Retrospective survey of all pediatric poisoning cases at the six general hospitals(More)
OBJECTIVE Awareness and use of hormonal emergency contraception are not known in the Arab world. This study investigated awareness and perceptions of hormonal emergency contraception among women within a Kuwaiti extended family and their social contacts. STUDY DESIGN A cross-sectional survey was conducted using a self-administered questionnaire which was(More)