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AIM Despite recent reports linking vitamin D deficiency with increased risk of diabetes mellitus and complications, there is limited data on patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. We aimed to evaluate the incidence and associations of vitamin D deficiency in 210 patients with Type 2 diabetes with and without diabetic peripheral neuropathy. METHODS(More)
The study addresses the supply of and demand for physicians in Kuwait in the light of the emerging variables such as increasing population, economic growth, changes in healthcare strategies, and expansion of healthcare facilities. The objective of the study was to project the future demand for physicians in Kuwait for the years 2007-2020 based on the period(More)
OBJECTIVE The WHO-ILAR Community Oriented Program for Control of Rheumatic Diseases (COPCORD) primarily aims to estimate the burden of musculoskeletal symptoms/disorders. We investigated data on musculoskeletal pain, disability and health-seeking behavior in the first community-based COPCORD study in Kuwait. METHODS The validated Arabic version of the(More)
INTRODUCTION This study examined postgraduate specialty training of Kuwaiti medical graduates during 1968 to 1999 and identified their attained professional qualifications to reveal scarcity in some specialties. METHOD A survey was carried out involving review of the records maintained at the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) and the(More)
The present study describes the clinical characteristics of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), from the rheumatology service of the two main teaching hospitals in Kuwait. It was a retrospective-cum-prospective clinical study of 108 SLE patients. There were 98 females and 10 males, with a median age of 31.5y. Kuwaitis constituted 69%, while(More)
Currently in-training evaluation in Kuwait depends on the use of the global rating scale at the end of clinical rotation clerkships. Such a scale is inconsistent, subjective, and suffers from deficiencies such as positive skewness of the distribution of ratings and poor reliability. The aim of the study was to assess the inter-rater variation and the(More)
Low back pain (LBP) is a common medical problem. Interaction between genetic and environmental factors predisposes individuals to LBP even at an early age. Inflammatory back pain or spondylarthropathies include ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PSA), reactive arthritis enteropathic and undifferentiated arthropathies. Angiotensin-converting(More)
OBJECTIVE Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) plays an important role in a number of inflammatory and immune related disorders. This study was undertaken to investigate an association between Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) gene insertion- deletion (I/D) polymorphism and primary knee osteoarthritis (OA) in Kuwait and to explore a correlation between(More)
PURPOSE To investigate factors associated with low-back pain among Kuwaiti children and adolescents; and study their relation with social activities and school performance. METHOD A cross-sectional population of 400 schoolchildren aged 10 to 18 years were selected from junior and high schools in one of the governorates in Kuwait. Data were collected(More)
OBJECTIVE To measure the magnitude of the problem of low-back pain among 10- to 18-year-old Kuwaiti schoolchildren in Hawalli Governorate. SUBJECTS AND METHODS A cross-sectional multistage stratified random sample of 400 schoolchildren (199 males and 201 females) of ages 10-18 years were selected from two junior and two high schools in Hawalli(More)