Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management <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> en-US (Yaping Liu) (Yaping Liu) Mon, 25 Jul 2022 06:32:00 -0700 OJS 60 How can pharmacology benefit healthcare? <p>Pharmacology today involves the lives of people globally by offering pharmaceuticals to treat diseases, carry out research and educate the community on medicines. However, there is a greater scope of contribution from this discipline of life science towards modern medicine. Pharmacologists are intimately involved in drug development right from in-vitro and preclinical studies to the launch of a new drug in the market. The surveillance for drug safety continues even after that for decades. Drug prescribing skills are now a part of continuing professional education for medical interns and young doctors. Pharmacologists in the present times are involved in updating hospital formularies and coordinating the activities of Drugs and Therapeutics Committee. A pharmacologist is best equipped for the management of medications and for pharmacovigilance activities in the health care organization. Therapeutic drug monitoring and pharmacoeconomic analysis are the emerging needs of a clinical pharmacologist. This commentary elicits the existing role and future potential of pharmacology experts in healthcare.&nbsp;</p> SANJAY JAISWAL, Jayant Kumar Kairi Copyright (c) Prevalence and Factors Associated with Depression, Anxiety, and Stress among Undergraduate Management Students in Kathmandu, Nepal <p>The commonness of psychological illness occurring within the university curriculum, along with the socioeconomic or behavioral status of students, is growing with the development of the deteriorating education system. It is gradually developing into a mental health issue among undergraduate students in Nepal and poses a significant challenge for public health globally. This research study aimed to determine the prevalence and factors associated with depression, anxiety, and stress among undergraduate management students in Kathmandu, Nepal.</p> <p>Out of 600 sample sizes, 516 students participated in the descriptive cross-sectional study carried out among undergraduate management students in Kathmandu. Depression, anxiety, and stress were measured using the DASS21 (depression, anxiety, and stress scale 21) tool, designed for self-administered data collection in Nepali and English. The questionnaire comprises four sections: socio-demographic information, depression, anxiety, and stress, to measure the different emotional states of the student.</p> <p>The overall prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress was found to be 57.8 %, 60.9 %, and 43 %, respectively, among undergraduate management students in Kathmandu, and most female students experienced it in contrast to male students. Almost all students (100 %) who participated in the research study have experienced the unnecessary pressure of college studies as the most significant cause of depression, anxiety, and stress. Students, those having less family income (&lt; 20000 NPR per month), those breaking up with loved ones, those having no daily physical exercise, and having pressured college studies were at higher risk of experiencing depression (P=0.004,P=0.007,P=0.000, and P=0.023 respectively). The prevalence rate of extremely severe depression, anxiety, and stress was about 9.1 %, 23.8 %, and 7 %, respectively.</p> <p>The study found that undergraduate management students in Kathmandu had high rates of anxiety, depression, and stress. Special attention and necessary psychological health intervention from their respective colleges/universities and government sectors are highly recommended.&nbsp;</p> Krishna Sharma, Anita Shakya Copyright (c)