Farhat Ali Jafri

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Previous studies have found no female predominance in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in non-Western countries. The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence and correlates of Rome II (IBS) in both sexes in Pakistan. A Population-based survey in a low-income inner city area using questionnaires to diagnose Rome II IBS and assess distress, disability and(More)
BACKGROUND Research in the West shows that group psychological intervention together with an antidepressant treatment leads to more effective treatment of a depressive disorder. There are no treatment trials from low income countries comparing the efficacy of antidepressant treatment with a group psychological intervention. AIM To conduct a feasibility(More)
OBJECTIVE To validate the Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20) and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) against the Clinical Interview Schedule-Revised (CIS-R). DESIGN Two-phase design. SUBJECTS AND METHODS 664 mothers were approached, 601 of them completed the EPDS and SRQ questionnaires. The CIS-R was administered to confirm the diagnosis(More)
BACKGROUND Low-birth weight (LBW) (<2500 g) is considered to be a leading cause of cognitive impairment and physical disabilities in children. Incidence of LBW in South Asia has been reported to be as high as 33%. We investigated the association between antenatal depression and LBW in an urban community, in Karachi, Pakistan. METHODS A total of 1357(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency and characteristics of dengue fever (DF) in patients of acute febrile illness presenting at a secondary care hospital. METHODOLOGY The observational cross sectional study was carried out from May to October 2010 in Remedial Centre Karachi and included patients above the age of 12 years who presented with acute febrile(More)
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