Publications by authors named "Ping Foo Wong"

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Malaysian clinical practice guidelines for management of diabetic foot: A synopsis for the primary care physician.

Malays Fam Physician 2021 Mar 17;16(1):103-113. Epub 2021 Feb 17.

MD (UKM) MPH (Epid) (UM), Malaysia Health Technology, Assessment Section (MaHTAS), Medical Development Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Diabetic foot requires careful attention and coordinated management by a dedicated team. Screening, prevention, adequate assessment, and appropriate referral are crucial to prevent complications. Multimodal treatment and rehabilitation are recommended to ensure a better quality of life and reduction of amputation rate in people with diabetic foot.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.51866/cpg0001DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8088751PMC
March 2021

Relationship of an adherence score with blood pressure control status among patients with hypertension and their determinants: Findings from a nationwide blood pressure screening program.

J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich) 2021 Mar 14;23(3):638-645. Epub 2021 Feb 14.

Puchong Batu 14 Government Health Clinic, Puchong, Malaysia.

This study aimed to examine the relationship of adherence with blood pressure (BP) control and its associated factors in hypertensive patients. This cross-sectional nationwide BP screening study was conducted in Malaysia from May to October 2018. Participants with self-declared hypertension completed the Hill-Bone Compliance to High Blood Pressure Therapy Scale (Hill-Bone CHBPTS) which assesses three important domains of patient behavior to hypertension management namely medication taking, appointment keeping and reduced salt intake. Lower scores indicate better compliance while higher scores indicate otherwise. Participant's body mass index and seated BP were measured based on standard measurement protocol. Determinants of adherence to treatment were analyzed using multiple linear regression. Out of 5167 screened subjects, 1705 were known hypertensives. Of these, 927 (54.4%) answered the Hill-Bone CHBPTS and were entered into analysis. The mean age was 59.0 ± 13.2 years, 55.6% were female and 42.2% were Malays. The mean Hill-Bone CHBPTS score was 20.4 ± 4.4 (range 14-47), and 52.1% had good adherence. The mean systolic BP and diastolic BP were 136.4 ± 17.9 and 80.6 ± 11.6 mmHg, respectively. BP was controlled in 58.3% of those with good adherence compared to 50.2% in those with poor adherence (p = .014). Based on multiple linear regression analysis, female gender (β = -0.72, 95% confidence interval [CI] -1.30, -0.15, p = .014), older age (β = -0.05, 95% CI -0.07, -0.03, p < .001), and individuals with primary or lower educational level (β = -0.91, 95% CI -1.59, -0.23, p = .009) had better adherence to BP management. Interventional programs targeted at the less adherent groups are needed in order to improve their adherence and BP control.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jch.14212DOI Listing
March 2021

Development of a Sexually Transmitted Disease Client-friendly Unit at a Primary Care Clinic in Malaysia: Lessons Learnt.

Sex Transm Dis 2019 02;46(2):143-145

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Management of sexually transmitted diseases and human immunodeficiency virus is challenging due to the social stigma attached. We describe the development of a client-friendly sexually transmitted disease service in a primary care clinic in Malaysia with a special focus on key populations. Challenges and key lessons learnt from its development and implementation are discussed.
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February 2019