Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management http://journal.achsm.org.au/index.php/achsm <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> Australasian College of Health Service Management en-US Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management 1833-3818 Study of Effect of Corona -19 Pandemic on Radiation oncology practice-single institution experience. http://journal.achsm.org.au/index.php/achsm/article/view/721 <p><strong>Abstract</strong></p> <p><strong>Context</strong>:&nbsp;The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a big challenge to provision of health care. Cancer patients are considered to be at higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19 as they are often immunosuppressed. At the same time treatment delays and late diagnosis during the pandemic due to travel restrictions, staff shortage, active Covid infections to patient or family members, etc. can lead to tumour progression and poor oncological outcomes.</p> <p><strong>Aims:</strong>&nbsp;This retrospective observational study was undertaken to know the effect of the Corona pandemic and consequent&nbsp;lockdown on the Radiation treatment of oncology patients in our department.</p> <p><strong>Methods and Material</strong>:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Subjects of the study were the patients who attended the Oncology Department of Kamineni Academy of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, which is a tertiary care centre, during the Covid 19 pandemic. Study period was 6 months starting from the lockdown on 24/4/2020.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong>&nbsp;In our study, treatment of 16 out of 150 patients (10.67 %) was affected due to the lockdown situation consequent to Covid 19 pandemic.&nbsp;8 patients had treatment interruptions for more than 5 days,&nbsp;6 patients discontinued their treatment and 2 patients delayed their treatment due to lockdown.</p> <p>Eight patients tested positive for Covid 19 before starting treatment. Out of them 4 did not come back for treatment. The mean delay in radiation treatment in the other 4 patients was 35 days. Two patients had CORAD scores consistent with Covid19 but were RT PCR negative. Two patients turned positive during treatment after which they did not come back.&nbsp;Totally 9.3% (14/150) of the patients’ treatment was affected due to corona infection.</p> <p><strong>Conclusions: </strong>In our study&nbsp;almost&nbsp;20 % of the patients’ treatment was affected directly or indirectly by the Covid 19 Pandemic situation. This in turn may lead to rise in cancer mortality in future.</p> <p><strong>Key-words</strong>: Corona-19 pandemic,Treatment delays,Interruptions.</p> <p><strong>Key-Messages</strong>: Strict protocols&nbsp;to minimize Covid 19 infections in the department have to be undertaken. It is also very important to ensure that radiation oncology patients’ treatment schedules are not compromised to the extent possible to minimise adverse oncological outcomes.</p> Arpitha S Ashwin M Shah Florence p Mohan Copyright (c) 16 1 Psychometric Properties of The Self-Care of Heart Failure Index v6.2 Chinese Among Malaysian Population http://journal.achsm.org.au/index.php/achsm/article/view/719 <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> Adam Jian Yang Tan Priyalatha Govindasamy Nor Firdous Mohamed Norashikin Md Sari Nur Amani Ahmad Tajuddin Aizai Azan Abdul Rahim Copyright (c) 16 1