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AIMS The impact of a short postgraduate course on rational pharmacotherapy planning behaviour of general practitioners (GP) was investigated via a face-to-face interview with 25 GPs working at health centres in Istanbul. METHODS GPs were randomly allocated to control and intervention groups. Intervention group attended a 3-day-training program preceded(More)
OBJECTIVE A prospective study of newly exposed cotton workers was performed to investigate the natural history of respiratory symptoms and lung function changes. METHODS A total of 157 workers naive to cotton dust exposure were investigated by questionnaire, spirometry, and skin tests. They were examined before employment (baseline) and at the end of the(More)
OBJECTIVES Rubella vaccination is not included in the national immunization programme of Turkey. However, it is on the market and is recommended, mainly by the private sector, at the age of 12-15 months. Introduction of the rubella vaccine without achieving high coverage has the risk of shifting the mean age of rubella infection among the unvaccinated(More)
OBJECTIVES The primary objective of this study was to determine the coverage of the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) of the Ministry of Health and the coverage of private vaccines in the Umraniye Health District in order to establish approaches for improving vaccination services. Other objectives were to define the areas that present higher risks(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori is an important global pathogen infecting approximately 50% of the world's population. This study was undertaken in order to estimate the prevalence rate of Helicobacter pylori infections among adults living in Turkey and to investigate the associated risk factors. METHOD This study was a nationally representative cross(More)
A screening program was conducted to ascertain the incidence of hemoglobinopathies in the district of Antalya, Turkey. The survey sample was selected from the household registration forms of health centers by systematic random sampling. Heparinized blood samples were collected from 1,616 subjects from 884 families. The prevalence of beta thalassemia traits(More)
OBJECTIVES This research was carried out to reveal the attitudes of men and women about contraception in the Umraniye district of Istanbul. METHODS Focus group discussions were used for data collection. Data from 20 groups of married people (ten groups of men and ten of women) living in Umraniye were analyzed. RESULTS Most people attending the focus(More)
Recent healthcare reform in Turkey aims at achieving universal coverage with the introduction of General Health Insurance (GHI). As part of GHI, the state assumes the provision of health insurance coverage to those unable to afford the public health insurance premiums conditional on a means-testing procedure where the official threshold is set as one-third(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine positive and negative attitudes of married Turkish women and men regarding the use of oral contraceptives (OCs). METHODS Twenty focus group discussions were conducted during the period October 1998-March 1999 in Umraniye, which is one of the densely populated districts of Istanbul. RESULTS Most of the negative attitudes relating(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to determine the participants with unmet need and to show that family planning consultancy given to women and men attending the first-level health facilities would increase contraceptive usage and reduce unmet need for family planning. METHODS All married women aged 15-49 years and men having wives of the same age group(More)