Ngan Phoon Fong

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INTRODUCTION Healthcare workers (HCWs) were at the frontline during the battle against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Understanding their fears and anxieties may hold lessons for handling future outbreaks, including acts of bioterrorism. METHOD We measured risk perception and impact on personal and work life of 15,025 HCWs from 9 major(More)
BACKGROUND Singapore was affected by an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from 25 February to 31 May 2003, with 238 probable cases and 33 deaths. AIMS To study usage of personal protective equipment (PPE) among three groups of healthcare workers (HCWs: doctors, nurses, and administrative staff), to determine if the appropriate PPE were(More)
BACKGROUND The effects of depression and cognitive impairment on hip fracture rehabilitation outcomes are not well established. We aimed to evaluate the associations of depressive symptoms and cognitive impairment (individually and combined) with ambulatory, living activities and quality of life outcomes in hip fracture rehabilitation patients. METHODS A(More)
To determine whether a history of blood transfusion, tattooing, and acupuncture is associated with an increased risk of hepatitis B surface antigenaemia, a study of 6,328 Chinese men between 35 and 65 years of age was undertaken in Singapore. The age-adjusted odds ratios were 1.44 (95% CI: 1.14, 1.83) for blood transfusion, 1.14 (95% CI: 0.80, 1.63) for(More)
OBJECTIVES To (1) identify social and rehabilitation predictors of nursing home placement, (2) investigate the association between effectiveness and efficiency in rehabilitation and nursing home placement of patients admitted for inpatient rehabilitation from 1996 to 2005 by disease in Singapore. DESIGN National data were retrospectively extracted from(More)
BACKGROUND Subthreshold depression (sD) and cognitive impairment but not demented (CIND) in stroke patients are associated with poorer rehabilitative outcomes. Their diagnosis can easily be operationalized using validated scales. AIM The aim of the study was to ascertain the prevalence of depressive symptoms and cognitive impairment in stroke patients(More)
INTRODUCTION Length of stay (LOS) in hospitals is the largest contributor of direct stroke care cost. Rehabilitation accounts for 16 percent of healthcare cost in the six-month post-stroke period. It is important to determine factors extending LOS in rehabilitation hospitals to identify focus areas of cost-control strategies. The aim of the study was to(More)
To assess the awareness and acceptability of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in noncompliant Singaporeans and to determine if their barriers can be overcome by education. A questionnaire developed from thematic analysis of open-ended interviews with 72 subjects was administered to 580 residents in a local high-rise housing estate. Participants aware of(More)
Hepatitis B Virus infection, a public health problem in Singapore, can be effectively controlled by vaccination. This paper reports on a study conducted in 1988/89 to ascertain the awareness and uptake rate of Hepatitis B vaccination. A list of children born between November 1986 and May 1987 in the catchmen zone of the Clementi Maternal and Child Health(More)