Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management 2021-03-06T00:43:41-08:00 Yaping Liu Open Journal Systems <p>The Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management (APJHM) is a peer-reviewed journal for managers of organisations offering healthcare and aged care services. The APJHM aims to promote the discipline of health management throughout the region by facilitating the transfer of knowledge among readers by widening the evidence base for management practices.<br /><br />*Print 1(1);2006 - 5(1);2010 Online 4(2);2009 - current<br />*ISSN 2204-3136 (online); ISSN 1833-3818 (print) </p> Psychometric Properties of The Self-Care of Heart Failure Index v6.2 Chinese Among Malaysian Population 2021-03-06T00:43:41-08:00 Adam Jian Yang Tan Priyalatha Govindasamy Nor Firdous Mohamed Norashikin Md Sari Nur Amani Ahmad Tajuddin Aizai Azan Abdul Rahim <p><strong>Objective:</strong> This study was conducted to evaluate the psychometric properties of a cross-cultural Self-Care of Heart Failure Index (SCHFI) v6.2 Chinese among Malaysian population. <strong>Design:</strong> A successive independent sample design was used. <strong>Setting:</strong> Eighty heart failure patients from University of Malaya Medical Centre and National Heart Institute were recruited through purposive sampling. <strong>Measures:</strong> The internal consistency and the discriminant validity of SCHFI v6.2 Chinese with World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL-BREF) Chinese were examined. The samples were administered with SCHFI v6.2 Chinese and WHOQOL-BREF Chinese. <strong>Results:</strong> The maintenance subscale of SCHFI showed a low internal consistency (α = .52) while the management and confidence subscales showed an acceptable internal consistency (α = .67 and .90 respectively). The result supported the discriminant validity of maintenance and management subscales with WHOQOL-BREF. <strong>Conclusion:</strong> SCHFI v6.2 Chinese show an acceptable internal consistency and discriminant validity with WHOQOL-BREF to be used among Malaysian population.</p> Copyright (c) Forecasting Demand and Understanding Variations in Healthcare Service Delivery: A Practical Perspective 2021-03-04T17:25:13-08:00 Ikedinachi Ogamba <p>The purpose of this paper is to increase the knowledge and understanding of demand forecasting and variation in the context of healthcare service delivery by examining the key concepts, principles, and techniques. It aims to explain healthcare forecasting with an analysis of the supply-demand mismatches and the waiting time problem in healthcare; review the scope of healthcare forecasting; clarify variations and variability in healthcare and the types of variation. The challenges and limitations of demand forecasting in healthcare are discussed drawing on practical realities and dynamics of healthcare systems. This paper highlights the crucial need for the application of forecasting by healthcare managers in tackling the expected and unexpected system-wide incidents that could impact organizations and the wider healthcare system. It provides a basic practical overview and offers detailed insight into healthcare forecasting and its usefulness in improving service delivery.</p> Copyright (c)