Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online Impact Factor & Information

Journal description

Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences (Pak J Med Sci) is a peer reviewed journal. It is published quarterly and we practice open peer review system. It has controlled circulation. Objective: The journal aims at promoting the art and science of medicine to improve healthcare besides being a useful source of CME for healthcare professionals offering healthy, balanced and constructive debates on controversial issues that effect medicine, keeping up the professional ethics in medical journalism.

Current impact factor: 0.23

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 0.098
2012 Impact Factor 0.101
2011 Impact Factor 0.161
2010 Impact Factor 0.166
2009 Impact Factor 0.203

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Additional details

5-year impact 0.19
Cited half-life 4.90
Immediacy index 0.08
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.04
Website Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online website
ISSN 1682-024X

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge and practice of implant retained restorations (IRR) among senior dental students in Saudi Arabia. Methods: Four hundred questionnaires were distributed among senior dental students of five dental schools in Saudi Arabia. Student’s knowledge was assessed regarding which implant restoration [cement retained restoration (CRR) or screw retained restoration (SRR)] better provides the desired clinical properties. Students’ practice of IRR, perception of their knowledge and need for further education related to IRR were also assessed. Descriptive statistics and chi-square test were employed to assess collected data. Results: Three hundred and fifty four senior dental students responded at a response rate of 88.5%. Thirty three percent respondents did not have any practical experience of IRR. Students showed a clear preference for CRR with regards to aesthetics (71.4%), passive fit (55.3%), fabrication ease (57.3%) and fracture resistance (40%). SRR were considered to provide better retention (59.6%), soft tissue health (51.1%) and ease of retrievability (72%). Nearly 40% of students agreed that they did not get sufficient information related to IRR in undergraduate courses. Conclusions: Clinical training of IRR is compromised in the undergraduate curriculum in dental schools of Saudi Arabia. The knowledge of dental students regarding IRR was broadly in line with current evidence.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 07/2015; 31(4).
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    ABSTRACT: Background and Objective: Infectious waste management practices among health care workers in the tertiary care hospitals have been questionable.The study intended to identify issues that impede a proper infectious waste management. Methods: Besides direct observation, in-depths interviews were conducted with the hospital administrators and senior management involved in healthcare waste management during March 2014. We looked at the processes related to segregation, collection, storage and disposal of hospital waste, and identified variety of issues in all the steps. Results: Serious gaps and deficiencies were observed related to segregation, collection, storage and disposal of the hospital wastes, hence proving to be hazardous to the patients as well as the visitors. Poor safety, insufficient budget, lack of trainings, weak monitoring and supervision, and poor coordination has eventually resulted in improper waste management in the tertiary hospitals of Rawalpindi. Conclusion: Study has concluded that the poor resources and lack of healthcare worker’s training in infectious waste results in poor waste management at hospitals.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 07/2015; 31(4).
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to explore the short-term efficacy and safety of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in female diabetic patients complicated with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A total of 169 diabetic patients with AMI who underwent primary PCI were selected and divided into group A (52 females) and group B (117 males). The clinical data, characteristics of coronary artery lesions, lengths of hospital stay, and incidences of complications were then compared between two groups. The average age, history of hyperlipidemia, double branch lesions, triple branch lesions, and left main lesions were significantly higher in group A than in group B (P < 0.05). Smoking history, PCI history, and pre-infarction angina were distinctly lower in group A than in group B (P < 0.05). Thrombolysis in myocardial infarction 3 (TIMI3) flow and TIMI myocardial perfusion grade 3 (TMPG3) after PCI were markedly lower in group A than in group B (P < 0.001). Group A had a higher incidence of complications, such as severe arrhythmia, cardiac function Killip III/IV, cardiogenic shock, major, moderate and mild bleed event, as well as a 30-day mortality rate, compared with group B (P < 0.05). In summary, our study demonstrated that female diabetic patients with AMI had lower TIMI3 flow and TMPG3 following PCI than male patients, while there was higher incidence of complications and 30-day mortality rate. Therefore, more attention should be paid to the therapy of diabetic women with acute myocardial infarction as well as the control of risk factors.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 03/2015; 31(2):420-5. DOI:10.12669/pjms.312.6646
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate immune cell densities in pre-neoplastic (DCIS), cancer (IDC) and control breast tissues. A total of four preneoplastic, 104 cancer and 104 control samples were analyzed. Morphological classification and prognostic scoring along with quantification of immune cells/mm(2) was performed. Data were entered and analyzed using SPSS version 16. Correlation of immune cell densities with various tumour sub-types was investigated using paired t-test and ANOVA. A p-value of <0.05 was considered as significant. Our data show increased infiltration of lymphocytes (mean lymphocytes = 287.6cells/mm(2)) as well as myelocytes (mean lymphocytes = 117.1cells/mm(2)) in pre-neoplastic tissues. This infiltration was significantly high compared to cancer (p-value<0.001) as well as control tissues (p-value <0.001). Moreover, we report increased infiltration of lymphocytes in cancer tissues compared to controls (p-value<0.001). There was no difference in lymphocyte densities within various tumour sub-types (all p-values >0.05). Leukocytes may play a role in early stages of breast carcinogenesis.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 01/2015; 31(02). DOI:10.12669/pjms.312.6481
  • Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 01/2015; 31(2). DOI:10.12669/pjms.312.7135
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the influence of IL-20 on the development of lumbar degeneration. The study design was prospective and carried out in Tianjin Fourth center Hospital, Tianjin, China between Jan 2012 and Jan 2014. Sixty-nine patients with degenerative disc disease treated surgically were included in experimental group, and fifteen patients with normal discs were included in control group. The evaluation of disc degeneration was performed using T2-weighted sagittal MRI according to the Modified Pfirrmann Grading System. After surgery, the intervertebral disc in both groups was collected and the content of proteoglycan and IL-20 were measured, the correlation between the content of IL-20, proteoglycan and the degeneration grade of lumbar disc was analyzed. Compared to control group, the content of proteoglycan in experimental group is significantly lower (P=0.000), but IL-20 is significantly higher (P=0.001). In addition, with the advance of intervertebral disc degeneration, the content of IL-20 increase, while proteoglycan decrease gradually. There is significant correlation between the content of proteoglycan (p=0.001), IL-20 (p=0.002) and the degeneration grade of lumbar disc. In patients with degenerative disc disease, the content of IL-20 and proteoglycan has significant correlation with degeneration grade of lumbar disc, and IL-20 may promote the degeneration of lumbar disc by affecting the synthesis of proteoglycan.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 01/2015; 31(1):155-8. DOI:10.12669/pjms.311.5720
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate renal brush border membrane enzymes in urine as an indicator for renal injury in neonatal scleredema (NS). Sixty nine NS patients in our hospital were enrolled and divided into mild group and moderate/severe group. Patients were further randomly divided into therapy and control subgroups for 7 days ligustrazine administration. Urine samples were collected to detect renal brush border membrane enzymes (RBBME) by ELISA and β2-microglobulin (β2-MG) by radioimmunoassay (RIA). The results were compared with those of 30 normal neonates. Data were statistically analyzed using SPSS13.0 software. Both RBBME and β2-MG were found to be higher in urine in NS patients than normal controls (P < 0.01). Level of RBBME increased with the severity of NS (P <0.05), while urinary β2-MG did not (P >0.05). After being treated with ligustrazine, a medicine for renal function recovery, both RBBME and β2-MG were similarly significantly decreased comparing to untreated groups (P < 0.05). 79.7% of NS patients showed abnormal RBBME while only 52.2% had an abnormal urinary β2-MG (χ (2)=11.65,P < 0.01). RBBME was more sensitive than β2-MG in reflecting the renal injury in NS. Examination of RBBME effectively reflected the recovery of renal injury after treatment with ligustrazine.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 01/2015; 31(1):65-9. DOI:10.12669/pjms.311.5740
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the short-term therapeutic effects of low-dose cytarabine plus surgical resection on elderly patients with trigeminal nerve tumor and to observe the safety. A total of 120 elderly patients with trigeminal nerve tumor were divided into a treatment group and a control group by random draw (n=60), and both groups were subjected to resection by stereotactic image-guided endoscopic nasal surgery. Afterwards, the control group was administered with high-dose cytarabine while the treatment group was given low-dose cytarabine for 14 days. Both groups completed treatment, but the effective rate of the treatment group (96.7%) was significantly higher than that of the control group (83.3%) (P < 0.05). The pain scores of the two groups were similar at T0, T1 and T2, but the score of the treatment group at T2 was significantly different from those at T0 and T1 (P < 0.05). During treatment, the treatment group was significantly less prone to complications such as headache, vomiting, vision impairment, nausea and local swelling than the control group (P < 0.05). During three months of follow-up, the appetite, sleep and daily living scores were significantly higher than those of the control group (P < 0.05). Stereotactic image-guided surgery was able to treat trigeminal nerve tumor well, and the effect was enhanced by low-dose cytarabine that improved postoperative outcomes and quality of life by dramatically decreasing complications.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 01/2015; 31(1):178-82. DOI:10.12669/pjms.311.6440
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    ABSTRACT: A 52 Year old male was admitted with respiratory distress. Radiological examination revealed a large mass in patient's right hemi thorax with mediastinal shift and partial lung collapse. Biopsies previously done conferred the diagnosis of solitary fibrous tumor; however, in order to avoid a surgical resection, patient didn't follow the adviced procedure. After thorough counseling, surgical resection was done with few post operative complications and patient recovered well with ability to perform his daily activities with partial support. The histopathology results showed solitary fibrous tumor. Apart from pneumonia and local wound infection, patient status was well for the next six week follow-up.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 01/2015; 31(1):236-8. DOI:10.12669/pjms.311.5517