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 2016
2014 Impact Factor 0.231
2013 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 0.18
Cited half-life 4.40
Immediacy index 0.09
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: Objective: To determine the frequency of Philadelphia chromosome (Ph) and its variants in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cases at a tertiary care hospital of Sindh. Methods: The study was conducted at the Department of Pathology, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro and Isra University Hospital, Hyderabad during May-to-September 2014. Bone marrow and peripheral blood samples from a total of 145 diagnosed cases of CML were collected. Cytogenetic analyses were performed using karyotyping as per the International System for Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature guidelines. All karyotypic images were analyzed using the Cytovision software. In order to identify BCR-ABL transcripts, RT-PCR was performed. Statistical analysis of the data was done using SPSS-version-21.0. Results: Of the 145 samples, a total of 133 (91.7%) were positive for the Ph (Ph+) while 12 (8.3%) were negative for the Ph (Ph-). Of the 133 Ph+ samples, standard karyotypes were noted in 121 (91%), simple variants in 9 (6.7%) and complex variants in 3 (2.3%) of the samples. All the Ph+ samples (n=133) showed BCR-ABL positivity. Of the 12 Ph- samples, a total of 7 (58.3%) were BCR-ABL-positive and 5 (41.6%) were BCR-ABL-negative. Conclusion: Frequency of the Ph was found to be of 90.9% in CML patients using a highly sensitive technique, the RT-PCR. Cytogenetic abnormalities were at a lower frequency. Cytogenetic and molecular studies must be conducted for better management of CML cases. These findings could be very useful in guiding the appropriate therapeutic options for CML patients.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 10/2015; 31(4). DOI:10.12669/pjms.314.7261
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To evaluate the Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and diet of teachers of a Govt. College of Home Economics in Lahore. Methods: It was survey research. Purposive sampling technique was adopted for the selection of 50 teachers from Govt. College of Home Economics of age group 30 - 60 years. Results: About 46% of the subjects had BMD ratio in between -2.58 to -4.0 (Osteoporotic category). The root cause of low BMD ratio was not really age related but in majority of the sample it was due to sedentary life style and lack of awareness about the importance of exercise in relation to bone health. Conclusion: The total mineral and vitamin intake required for bone health (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus & vitamin D) was below the recommended, among majority of the sample.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 10/2015; 31(4):970-974. DOI:10.12669/pjms.314.8433
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To compare the mean root mean square (RMS) of total higher order aberrations (HOAs), coma and spherical aberrations in individuals with myopia, hypermetropia and myopic astigmatism. Methods: This prospective analytical study was conducted at Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan from Jan 2014 to Dec 2014. Two hundred eyes of 121 patients with age ranging from 18-40 years were included in the study. Patients were divided into 4 group namely Low myopia, High myopia, Astigmatism and Hypermetropia on the basis of refractive error. Included were the patients who had refractive error more than ± 0.5D and best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 0.00 or better. Patients who had history of surgery and / or eye disease were excluded from the study. Visual acuity (VA), Spherical equivalent (SE) of refractive error, RMS value of total HOAs, coma and spherical aberrations were evaluated. HOAs were measured with aberrometer (Wavelight analyzer version 1073) at 6 mm pupil size. Results: Age of the patients ranged from 18 years to 40 years with mean age of 29.10±10.6 years. Seventy one (35.5%) were males and 129 (64.5%) were female. Mean RMS value of HOAs, coma and spherical aberrations was calculated in all four groups. RMS of total HOAs and spherical aberrations in hypermetropia was 0.96±0.96 and 0.30±0.42 respectively and it was higher than other three groups. Conclusions: In overall comparison the mean RMS of total HOAs and spherical aberrations was significantly increased in hypermetropia group and there was a statistically significant negative correlation of SE of hypermetropia with RMS of total HOAs and spherical aberration.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 10/2015; 31(4):812-815. DOI:10.12669/pjms.314.7538
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT: Objective: The aim of this paper is to identify factors affecting the utilization of antenatal care (ANC) in Balochistan Province, Pakistan. Methods: Data on ANC utilization, together with social and economic determinants, were derived from a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted in Balochistan in 2010. The researchers established models to identify influential factors contributing to the utilization of ANC by logistic regression; model selection was made by Akaike information criterion (AIC) . Results: Household wealth, education, health condition, age at first marriage, number of children and spouse violence justification were found to be significantly associated with ANC coverage. Literate mothers are 3.05 times more likely to have ANC, and women with 3-4 number of born children are 1.20 times less likely to have ANC. Women who’s age at marriage is 35 or above are 1.47 times less likely to have ANC facility and those who think their spouse violence is socially justified are 2.94 times less likely to have ANC. Further women having immunization card are 1.84 times likely to have increased visits for ANC. Conclusion: The study reveals that literate women with high wealth index scores had more chances to obtain ANC. Younger age of the women at first marriage, increased number of children, symptoms of any illness to neonates at birth that need hospitalization and women who justify spouse violence were indicators/characteristics of women who had less ANC during their last pregnancy. ANC visits where immunization card increased the frequency of visits. ANC from a doctor decreased the number of visits.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 08/2015; 31(6). DOI:10.12669/pjms.316.8181