Publications by authors named "Rayan Itani"

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'The newest vital sign among pregnant women attending women wellness and research Centre in Qatar: a cross-sectional study'.

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2021 Jan 21;21(1):73. Epub 2021 Jan 21.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.

Background: Health literacy is a vital strategy to consider when designing health-promoting programs, and health literacy is a priority in Qatar's national health agenda. In the context of pregnancy, inadequate health literacy has been linked to several adverse outcomes among pregnant women such as unplanned conception, smoking, and lack of multi-vitamin intake. Given the paucity of data, this study aimed to assess the level of health literacy and its determinants among pregnant women in the State of Qatar.

Methods: An analytical cross-sectional design was utilized. First, we piloted the measurement tools on 10% of the calculated sample size. Accordingly, the items of the measurement tools were revised. Next, we utilized a structured questionnaire to interview the participants about their socio-demographic characteristics, pregnancy-related factors, and the Newest Vital Sign Tool. A chi-square test was employed to investigate the association level among variables, with significance set to P < 0.05. A logistic regression model was used to identify the factors associated with a low literacy level.

Results: We found that almost four in 10 pregnant women (n = 138,45.4%) had inadequate health literacy. Furthermore, the insufficient level of health literacy was significantly associated with low educational background, decreased household income, and primigravida. However, uncontrolled glycaemia was the only significant predictor of inadequate health literacy through logistic regression. The scale was found to be reliable, with a calculated Cronbach's alpha of 0.8.

Conclusions: Low health literacy is common among pregnant women in the State of Qatar. Thus, public health officials should focus on delivering tailored health literacy interventions to pregnant women in the country.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12884-021-03542-wDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7819321PMC
January 2021

Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease and pregnancy: a case report and literature review.

J Obstet Gynaecol 2020 Feb 29;40(2):275-276. Epub 2019 Jul 29.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Wellness and Research Center/Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01443615.2019.1624948DOI Listing
February 2020

Pregnancy with Takayasu's Arteritis: A Case Report and Literature Review.

Cureus 2018 Sep 26;10(9):e3370. Epub 2018 Sep 26.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Wellness and Research Center/ Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha , QAT.

Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a rare and chronic inflammatory disease of the large vessels. It affects women of reproductive age and leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular complications, such as hypertension and congestive heart failure. We are presenting a case of a pregnant woman with TA, who was seen and managed at a tertiary care institute and ultimately enjoyed a favorable outcome. Thus, multidisciplinary care for patients with TA has proven to be crucial in optimized and favorable maternal and fetal/neonatal outcomes.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.7759/cureus.3370DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6257600PMC
September 2018

The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative and Qatar, 2016.

J Taibah Univ Med Sci 2018 Jun 29;13(3):309-310. Epub 2018 Mar 29.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.

Breastfeeding instills countless benefits that extend beyond the infant and child to the entire nation. One of the global targets set by the WHO to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition is to increase the rate of exclusive breast-feeding "in the first 6 months" up to at least 50% by 2025. Thus, as a global endeavor to promote and sustain breastfeeding, the WHO and UNICEF launched the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) 1 year after the Innocenti Declaration of 1990. Regarding the State of Qatar, there was a 34% rate of early initiation of breastfeeding "within the first hour of birth" and a 29% rate of exclusive breastfeeding between 2010 and 2015. In Qatar during 2016, many obstacles in achieving the aforementioned global target remained. In addition, there are still no hospitals with a BFHI accreditation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2018.03.001DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6695021PMC
June 2018