IMAM RESEARCH

We at IMAM support evidence based practice

The IMAM Research Team consists of healthcare practitioners in all of health related practice, including education, ethics, humanitarian and medical relief work – many of them a part of our very own Executive Committee!

IMAM RESEARCH GRANT

aims to understand the needs and development and enhancement of new or existing ideas and efforts,

all while improving IMAM scholars in areas involving IMAM-related activities.

Applications will be open soon.

Latest News and Publications

The Proportion of Infectious Disease Cases, Its Associated Factors, and the Appropriateness of Antimicrobial Prescription Among Rohingya Refugee Pediatric Patients in IMARET Mobile Clinics

Abstract
The Rohingyas fled from their home to escape ethnic persecution. Due to their status as refugees they have difficulties in accessing healthcare leading to avoidable mortality and morbidity. Infectious diseases are reported to be among the causes. To ease access to healthcare, IMAM Response and Relief Team (IMARET) provides a free monthly clinic for them. The objective of this study is to determine the proportion of infectious diseases and appropriateness of antimicrobial usage among its pediatrics patients. It was conducted in 2017, through universal sampling. Information retrieved were via interviews and medical records. The majority diagnosis were infectious diseases (57.1%), which include respiratory infections (77.3%), skin (13.6%), gastrointestinal (4.5%), eye and ear infection (both 1%). Albendazole (40.7%) was the most prescribed. Only 7.4% were appropriately prescribed antimicrobials. Age (p = 0.005) and BMI (p = 0.006) were significantly associated with infections.

Effectiveness of pretend medical play in improving children’s health outcomes and well-being: a systematic review


Background 
The healthcare setting is stressful for many people, especially children. Efforts are needed to mitigate children’s healthcare-related anxiety. Medical play using the Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) concept can expose children to healthcare settings and help them develop positive experiences in these settings. In this role-playing game, children bring their soft toys and act as parents to the ‘sick’ teddies in a pretend hospital or clinic play setting. The objective of this systematic review is to evaluate the effectiveness of the TBH in improving children’s health outcomes and well-being.

The COVID-19 pandemic and positive reflections on Ramadhan




Abstract
This year the Ramadhan holy month of the Muslim calendar fell amidst a pandemic. Ramadhan is a month of worship, where many of the normal practices involve among other things; social gathering. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many practices could not be done. This article looks into the positive reflections of Ramadhan during a pandemic.