Meet the Team

Prevalence of Otalgia in
Patients with Temporo-mandibular Disorders

Patient Satisfaction 18 months After a Two-day Quadruple Therapy for Helicobacter Pylori

The Prevalence of Hepatitis B Carrier State

Total Quality Management for Turkish Primary Care Current Status and Suggestions

Vaccination Practice in Saudi Arabia: Is it Safe?

Change in Medical Students’ Opinions and Attitudes Towards Mental Illness

First Annual International Primary Care Conference-Abu Dhabi-UAE

Announcement of the Second Course of the MEAMA

Launch of 'World CME'

Antibiotic Sensitivity Profile of Common Bacterial Pathogens in Dubai
– A study of 107 cases

Women's Health Week in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Middle East Academey for Medicine of Aging First Course

Pan Arab Congress for Evidence Based Medicine

Childhood Emergencies


Dr Abdulrazak Abyad
Editorial office:
Abyad Medical Center & Middle East Longevity Institute
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Tripoli, Lebanon

Phone: (961) 6-443684
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Lesley Pocock
medi+WORLD International
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Hawthorn 3122
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From the Editor

The Middle-East Journal of Family Medicine has progressed to become the medium of interaction of researcher and educator of family medicine in the region. The quality and the number of papers has increased tremendously and we are working on indexing the journal.

In this issue a study from Jordan reports on the Prevalence of Otalgia in Patients with Temporomandibular Disorders, and Response to Treatment. In this paper the authors reviewed a total of 125 patients with a diagnosis of some form of TMD. Their findings revealed that the prevalence of otalgia in patients with TMD is high.

The paper on the prevalence of hepatitis B carriers revealed that 3.3 % of the sample studied that were not vaccinated are HBs-Ag positive and only one child (0.4) is positive from the vaccinated group. The author concludes that the vaccine is effective in reducing the carrier state, and we should concentrate on the routine screening for all pregnant mothers as apart of pre-natal care.

Dr Aydin S et al reports on PATIENT SATISFACTION with shorter antibiotic treatment for HELICOBACTER PYLORI ERADICATION . The authors stated that long-term regimens are being replaced by short term regimens as the long-term therapies cause more side effects and patient adjustment is not easy. The aim of the study was to determine the efficacy of a short-term therapy regimen and patient satisfaction by conducting a telephone survey 18 months after completion of the therapy regimen. They concluded that their two day regimen appears to relieve symptoms for a long time and it is considered to be effective from our patients' viewpoints.

A second paper from Turkey reports on the total quality management for Turkish primary care. In this paper the authors discussed the development of total quality management (TQM) within Turkish primary care.


In a study from Dubai on 'Antibiotic sensitivity profile of common bacterial pathogens in Dubai ' the authors studied retrospectively the antibiotic sensitivity profile of 107 culture positive samples collected over a period of 17 months. The authors concluded that Antibiotics like Co-trimoxazole and Gentamycin fared better than newer antibiotics because of limited use.

Dr Mistik S et al reviewed the Change in Medical Students' Opinions and Attitudes Towards Mental Illness using a questionnaire comprising 19 questions regarding opinions and attitudes towards mental illness. A total of 308 students filled out the questionnaire. It appears that there is stigmatization of mentally ill patients even among the medical students, which could be decreased with the addition of lessons on stigmatization of mentally ill patients and more social intercourse with the patients.

Dr Almustafa B et al discussed the safety of vaccination practice in Saudi Arabia. In a well-designed pre-stratified systematic random sample, 836 children of less than 2 years were selected in 6 primary health care (PHC) centers in Qatif district. Companions were instructed to monitor adverse events for 3 consecutive days following diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) immunization. The authors concluded that the incidence and nature of AE following DTP are similar to those of internationally reported figures. No cases of local abscess were reported. This reflects a comparable safety of vaccination practice in Saudi Arabia.

In addition this issue is rich with news from the region and commentary about new developments in the field.

Dr Abdulrazak Abyad
Chief Editor