Research

Research

Professor Dr Khoo Ee Ming is Professor of Family Medicine and the Head of Department at the Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She did her undergraduate training in London and subsequently her postgraduate training in UK. She obtained her MRCGP in 1991 in the UK.

She started her academic career in this department in 1993 and is actively engaged in the development of postgraduate Master of Family Medicine programme at the university and national level. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians Malaysia (AFPM) and the Academy of Medicine Malaysia. She is a council member of AFPM and the chair of the Malaysian Primary Care Research Group. She was a WHO Fellow in 2002.

Her research interest include chronic disease, somatisation disorder, preventative medicine and men’s health. She is an editorial board member of the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health and the Malaysian Family Physician.

5 most recent publications:
  1. Cheong, A.T., Tong, S.F., Khoo, E.M. 2013. How Useful is a history of rubella vaccination for determination of disease susceptibility? A cross-sectional study at a public funded health clinics in Malaysia. BMC Family Practice 14:19 doi:10.1186/1471-2296-14-19 (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
  2. Lee, Y.K., Ng,C.J., Lee,P.Y., Khoo,E.M., Khatijah,L.A., Low,W.Y., Samad,A.A. & Chen,W.S. 2013. What are the barriers faced by patients using insulin? A qualitative study of Malaysian healthcare professionals’ view. Patient Preference and Adherence 7:103-109. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S36791 (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
  3. Christopher, CK. Ho., Tong, S.F., Low, W.Y., Ng, C.J., Khoo, E.M., Verna KM Lee, Zulkifli Md Zainuddin & Tan, H.M. 2012. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial on the effect of long-acting testosterone treatment as assessed by the Aging Male Symptoms Scale. BJU Int. 110(2):260-5. Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10755.x (ISI-Cited Publication).
  4. Tong, S.F., Ng, C.J., Lee, B.C., Lee V.K.M., Khoo, E.M., Lee, E.G. & Tan, H.M. 2012. Effect of Long- Acting Testosterone Undecanoate Treatment on Quality of Life in men with Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome: A Double Blind Randomised Controlled Trial. Asian Journal of Andrology 14: 604 611. doi:10.1038/aja.2011.178; published online 28 May 2012 (ISI-Cited Publication).
  5. Wah Yun, Low, Binns, C., Mahmud, A.B.A. , Khoo, E.M., Wong, Y.L. & Koshy, J. 2012. The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health Celebrates 25 Years. Asia Pac J Public Health 24(5): 729-732. DOI:10.1177/1010539512462507 (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
Professor Dr Ng Chirk Jenn graduated from the National University of Singapore with MBBS and Masters in Family Medicine. He joined the Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya, as a lecturer in 2000. His research interests include: clinical decision making, evidence-based medicine, sexuality and men’s health. He teaches the undergraduates in the Faculty of Medicine and trains the Family Medicine Specialists. He is currently pursuing his PhD on shared decision making and type 2 diabetes at the University of Sheffield, UK.
5 most recent publications:
  1. Ng CJ, Liew SM, Vethakkan SR, Abdullah A, Teng CL. Patient-adjusted versus health professional-adjusted insulin dosing for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Published Online: June 6, 2013.DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010574  (ISI-Cited Publication).
  2. Chirk-Jenn Ng, Ping-Yein Lee, Yew-Kong Lee, Boon-How Chew, Julia P Engkasan, Zarina-Ismail Irmi, Nik-Sherina Hanafi and Seng-Fah Tong. An overview of patient involvement in healthcare decision-making: a situational analysis of the Malaysian context. BMC Health Services Research 2013;13:408. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-408  (ISI-Cited Publication).
  3. Lee, Yew Kong, Ng, C.J., Lee, P.Y., Khoo, E.M., Khatijah, L.A., Low, W.Y., Azah, A.S., Chen, W.S. What are the barriers faced by patients using insulin? A qualitative study of Malaysian healthcare professionals’ view. Patient Preference and Adherence 2013;7: 103- 109  (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
  4. Wei Shen Tan, Wah Yun Low, Chirk Jenn Ng, Wei Keith Tan, Seng Fah Tong, Christopher Ho, Ee Ming Khoo, George Lee, Boon Cheok Lee, Verna Lee and Hui Meng Tan. Efficacy and safety of long-acting intramuscular testosterone undecanoate in aging men: a randomised controlled study. BJU International 2013; 111:1130-1140. doi:10.1111/bju.12037  (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
  5. Ng, Chirk Jenn, Low, W.Y., Wong, L.P., Mohd Ridwan Sudin, & Rosmawati Mohamed. Uncovering the experiences and nedds of patiens with chronic Hepatitis B infection at diagnosis: A qualitative study. Asia Pac J Public Health 2013; 25(1):32-40  (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
Associate Professor Dr. Nik Sherina Hanafi graduated with an MBBS degree from the University of Malaya in 1992. She then worked in the Ministry of Health, before joining the Department as an academic primary care physician in 2000. Her current responsibilities include undergraduate and postgraduate medical teachings as well as clinical duties in the primary care clinic. Sherina’s research interests are in the areas of self-management, continuity of care and use of analgesia. She had recently completed her PhD in the University of Manchester, which was carried out as a mixed methods research on health care utilisation and self-management for minor ailments among working population.
5 most recent publications:
  1. Chirk-Jenn Ng, Ping-Yein Lee, Yew-Kong Lee, Boon-How Chew, Julia P Engkasan, Zarina-Ismail Irmi, Nik-Sherina Hanafi and Seng-Fah Tong. An overview of patient involvement in healthcare decision-making:a situational analysis of the Malaysian context. BMC Health Services Research 2013; 13:408. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-408  (ISI-Cited Publication).
  2. Ng, CJ, Lee PY, Lee YK, Chew BH, Engkasan JP, Irmi ZI, Hanafi NS, Tong SF. An overview of patient involvement in healthcare decision-making: a situational analysis of the Malaysian context. BMC Health Serv Res 2013; 13(1), 408. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13- 408.  (ISI-Cited Publication).
  3. Chia Yook Chin, Rabia Khartoum, Mohazmi Mohamed, Nik Sherina Hanafi, Ng Chirk Jenn. Evidence for Persisting with Treatment with Paracetamol in Patients with Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis of the Knees. Life Sci J 2012;9(3):1131-1137]. (ISSN: 1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 157 (ISI-Cited Publication).
  4. Jiwa, M., Othman, S., Hanafi, N.S., Ng, C.J., Khoo, E.M., Chia, Y.C. Healthcare in Asia: A perspective from primary care at the gateway to a continent. Quality in primary care 2012; 20(5):317-20. (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
  5. C. L. Teng; C. J. Ng; H. Nik-Sherina; A. H. Zailinawati; S. F. Tong. The Accuracy of Mother’s Touch to Detect Fever in Children: A Systematic Review. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 2008;54(1):70-73 (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
Dr. Sajaratulnisah Othman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Primary Care Medicine.  She has been appointed Head of Department since September 2009.  She obtained her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University of Malaya. She completed her PhD degree from Monash University, Melbourne in 2008. Currently, she is the coordinator for Year 1 Primary Care master students and department Quality Manager. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate in primary care areas, qualitative research and interpersonal violence management. Her research interest and experience includes behavioural medicine, adolescent medicine and qualitative research.
5 recent publications:
  1. Choo WY, Hairi NN, Othman S, Francis DP, Baker PRA. Interventions for preventing abuse in the elderly (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010321. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010321.  (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
  2. Othman, S; Goddard, C; Piterman, L. Victims’ barriers to discussing domestic violence in clinical consultation: A qualitative enquiry. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (in press)  (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
  3. S Sulaiman,S Othman,N Razali, J Hassan. Obstetrics and perinatal outcome in teenage pregnancy.South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2013;19(3):74-77. DOI:10.7196/SAJOG.679  (ISI-Cited Publication).
  4. Jiwa, M., Othman, S., Hanafi, N.S., Ng, C.J., Khoo, E.M., Chia, Y.C. Healthcare in Asia: A perspective from primary care at the gateway to a continent. Quality in primary care 2012; 20(5):317-20. (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
  5. Adina Abdullah, Sajaratulnisah Othman. 2011. The Influence of Self- Owned Home Blood Pressure Monitoring (HBPM) on Primary Care Patients With Hypertension: a Qualitative Study. BMC Family Practice 2011, 12:143 doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-143 (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
Dr Liew Su May is a Senior Lecturer and Family Medicine Specialist based at the Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya. She did her undergraduate training in Medicine and postgraduate training in Family Medicine at this university. After completing her Masters training, Dr Liew worked as a specialist at Klinik Kesihatan Jinjang for about a year. She returned to the department as a academic lecturer in 2004. She is currently undergoing training at Oxford University as a fulltime DPhil student researching cardiovascular risk assessment.

Fields of special interest to her include Evidence Based Medicine, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Chronic Disease Care, Patient Safety and Family Medicine in general.

5 recent publications:
  1. Su May Liew, Claire Blacklock, Jenny Hislop, Paul Glasziou and David Mant. Cardiovascular risk scores: qualitative study of how primary care practitioners understand and use them. BJGP 2013 (in press) (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
  2. Ng CJ, Liew SM, Vethakkan SR, Abdullah A, Teng CL. Patient-adjusted versus health professional-adjusted insulin dosing for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Published Online: June 6, 2013.DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010574 (ISI-Cited Publication).
  3. Liew SM, Abdullah A, Abdullah N and Chia YC. Health innovation in cardiovascular diseases. Australas Med J. 2013; 6: 67-9. (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
  4. Heneghan C, Blacklock C, Perera R, Davis R, Banerjee A, Gill P, Liew S, Chamas L, Hernandez J, Mahtani K, Hayward G, Harrison S, Lasserson D, Mickan S, Sellers C, Carnes D, Homer K, Steed L, Ross J, Denny N, Goyder C, Thompson M, Ward A. Evidence for non-communicable diseases: analysis of Cochrane reviews and randomised trials by World Bank classification. BMJ Open. 2013 Jul 6;3(7). pii: e003298. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013- 003298. (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication).
  5. Liew SM, Jackson R, Mant D, Glasziou P. 2012. Should identical CVD risks in young and old patients be managed identically? Results from two models. BMJ Open 2012;2:e000728. (ISI-Cited Publication).
Dr. Norita Hussein  graduated with an MBBS degree from the University of Malaya in 1995. She then worked in Hospital Kuala Lumpur, before joining the Department as a trainee lecturer in 1997. She obtained her master in family medicine in 2004 and then joined as an academic lecturer in department. Currently, she is the coordinator for master programme looking after year 2 and year 3 candidates.  She also supervises the master candidates in their dissertation.   She is also responsible in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical teachings as well as clinical duties in the primary care clinic. She is currently the principal investigator for the research “Adherence to iron chelation therapy in patients with thalasaemia major”.   Norita’s research interests are in the areas of community genetics.
Publications:
  1. Robson, NMH, Aziz N., Abdul Aziz, AF.,Mohamed, M.,Othman,S. Hussein, N. 2008.  The need for Good Clinical Practice in health care research.  South Africa Family Practice.  In press.  (ISI/SCOPUS Cited Publication)
  2. Hussein, N. A case of symptomatic cholelithiasis in a 10 year old girl. (Due for publication in Journal of Paediatrics  and Child Health )
Dr. Mohazmi Mohamed is a senior lecturer in the department. He obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University of Malaya. Currently, he is the coordinator for Phase IIIB students.   He teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate in primary care areas. His research interest and experience includes travel medicine and smoking cessation.
Publications:
  1. Chia Yook Chin, Rabia Khartoum, Mohazmi Mohamed, Nik Sherina Hanafi, Ng Chirk Jenn. Evidence for Persisting with Treatment with Paracetamol in Patients with Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis of the Knees. Life Sci J 2012;9(3):1131-1137]. (ISSN: 1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 157 (ISI-Cited Publication).
Professor Datin Dr. Chia Yook Chin She graduated with MBBS from University of Malaya. She obtained her MRCP in 1984 in the Royal College of Physicians of London . She started her academic career in this department on 1st December 1987 and is actively engaged in the development of postgraduate Master of Family Medicine programme at the university and national level.
Publications:
  1. Chia Yook Chin, Rabia Khartoum, Mohazmi Mohamed, Nik Sherina Hanafi, Ng Chirk Jenn. Evidence for Persisting with Treatment with Paracetamol in Patients with Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis of the Knees. Life Sci J 2012;9(3):1131-1137. (ISSN: 1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 157 (ISI-Cited Publication).
  2. Chia Yook Chin, Ching Siew Mooi. Concordance of Serum Creatinine to Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate in Determining Early Chronic Kidney Disease in Malaysia. Life Sci J 2012;9(3):453-457 (ISSN:1097- 8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 64 (ISI-Cited Publication).
  3. Ching Siew Mooi, Chia Yook Chin, Wan Azman Wan Ahmad, Mehrdad Jalalian. Prevalence of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction among Hypertensive Adults in Klang Valley, Malaysia. Life Sci J 2012;9(3):713-719 (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 100 (ISI-Cited Publication).
  4. Ching SM, Chia YC, Wan Azman WA. Prevalence and Determinants of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Hypertensive Patients at a Primary Care Clinic. Malaysian Family Physician 2012;7(2,3):2-9 (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
  5. Jiwa, M., Othman, S., Hanafi, N.S., Ng, C.J., Khoo, E.M., Chia, Y.C. Healthcare in Asia: A perspective from primary care at the gateway to a continent. Quality in Primary Care 2012;20(5):317-20. (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
Professor Dr. Christina Tan Phoay Lay 
Publications:
  1. Thong MK, Lian LH, Tan CPL, Sim DSM, Jamuna V, Kanthimathi MS. 2012. Problem-Based Learning in Medical Sciences. University of Malaya Press. ISBN: 978-983-100-548-4.
  2. Tan CPL, Blitz JJ. 21st Century medical education in University of Malaya. Journal of University Malaya Medical Centre (JUMMEC) 2008; 11(1): 1-2. (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
  3. Ramapraba A, Tan Lian Huat, Lucy Lum Chai See, Phoay Lay Tan, Jamuna Vadivelu & Shamala Devi. Cross-Reactive T-cell responses to the non-structural regions of dengue viruses among dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever patients in Malaysia. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 2007; Aug: 969-977. (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
  4. Tan CPL, Azila NMA. Improving OSCE examiner skills in a Malaysian setting. Med Educ 2007; 41: 517 (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
Dr Adina Abdullah She graduated from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom with the BMedSci (first class) and MBBS. She obtained her Masters in Family Medicine from University of Malaya. After which she worked as a Family Medicine Specialist under the Ministry of Health, Malaysia at Rasa Health Clinic, Hulu Selangor for 1 year. She later joined the Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya, as a lecturer in April 2011.

Her research interests include: patient empowerment, self-management and women’s health.

Publications:
  1. Su May Liew, Adina Abdullah, Nurdiana Abdullah, Yook Chin Chia. Health innovation in cardiovascular diseases. Australasian Medical Journal 2013;6:67-69.
  2. Ng, C. J., Taib, N. A., Khatijah, L. A., Adina, A., Teo, S. H., Yip, C. H. (2012)MEMBUAT KEPUTUSAN TENTANG RAWATAN KANSER PAYUDARA: Alat bantu membuat keputusan bagi pesakit kanser payudara peringkat awal. Kuala Lumpur: Department of Primary Care Medicine, UM.
  3. Ng, C. J., Taib, N. A., Khatijah, L. A., Adina, A., Teo, S. H., Yip, C. H. (2012) A GUIDE FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS: Making decisions about your breast cancer treatment: A decision aid for women with early breast cancer . Kuala Lumpur: Department of Primary Care Medicine, UM.
  4. Ng, C. J., Taib, N. A., Khatijah, L. A., Adina, A., Teo, S. H., Yip, C. H. (2012) MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR BREAST CANCER TREATMENTS: A decision aid for women with early breast cancer. Kuala Lumpur: Department of Primary Care Medicine, UM.
  5. Ng CJ, Liew SM, Vethakkan SR, Abdullah A, Teng CL. Patient-adjusted versus health professional-adjusted insulin dosing for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Published Online: June 6, 2013.DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010574  (ISI-Cited Publication).
Associate Prof. Dr. Noor Zurani Binti Md Haris Robson She graduated with an MBBS degree from the University of Malaya. She obtained her MMed from UM and PhD from University of London. She joined the Department as an academic primary care physician in 1994.

Her research interests include drug addiction and smoking cessation.

Publications:
  1. Milad Heidari, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Kadir, Jamal Kashani, Noorzuraini Robson & Tunku Kamarul, Dynamic Analysis of Implants for Total Elbow Replacements: Comparing Semi-constrained and Non-constrained Submitted to Medical Engineering & Physics 2013
  2. Robson Noorzurani, Bond Alyson, Wolff Kim, A comparison of smoking behaviour characteristics between Caucasian smokers in United Kingdom and Malay smokers in Malaysia, Preventive Medicine 2013, doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.04.010 (ISI-Cited Publication).
  3. Milad Heidari, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Kadir, Jamal Kashani, Noorzuraini Robson & Tunku Kamarul, Mechanical Assessment of Elbow Affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis Submitted to Computers in Biology & Medicine 2013.
  4. Raja Mohd Aizat Raja Izaham, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Kadir, Darhaysham Al-Jefri Muslim, Noorzuraini Robson & Tunku Kamarul, Biomechanical Comparative Analysis between the ATL and MDT Locking Plates in Treating Complex Distal Tibial Fracture: A Finite Element Study Submitted to Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2013.
  5. Noorzurani Robson, Rusdi Rashid, Mahmood Nazar, Hussain Habil. Treating heroin addiction: Bridging the past and future- a Malaysian experience. Asia Pacific Psychiatry. Online April 2012 (ISI-Cited Publication.
Dr. Lai Siew Mei Pauline She graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy (Melbourne) and obtained her Doctorate from the University of Malaya. She joined the department on November 2011 as research coordinator.

Her area of research is on osteoporosis, improving patient/drug safety, validation of instruments of measure (quality of life, knowledge and satisfaction questionnaires) and antibiotic stewardship projects.

Publications:
  1. Sellappans R, Chua SS, Ahmad Tajuddin NA, Lai PSM. Health innovation for patient safety improvement. AMJ 2013, 6, 1, 60-63. http//dx.doi.org/10.4066/AMJ.2013.1643 (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
  2. Lai, P. S., Chua, S. S., Chong, Y. H. and Chan, S. P.  The effect of mandatory generic substitution on the safety of alendronate and patients’ adherence. Current medical research and opinion 2012;28(8): 1347-1355. (ISI-Cited Publication).
  3. Lai, P. S. M., Chua, S. S. and Chan, S. P. Pharmaceutical care issues encountered by post-menopausal osteoporotic women prescribed bisphosphonates. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics 2012; 37: 536-543. (ISI-Cited Publication).
  4. Lai, P., Chua, S. S., Tan, C. H. and Chan, S. P. Validation of the diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia (DHL) knowledge instrument in Malaysia. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012; 12(1):18. (ISI-Cited Publication).
  5. Lai P, Chua SS, Chew YY, Chan SP. Effects of pharmaceutical care on adherence and persistence to bisphosphonates in postmenopausal osteoporotic women. Clin Pharmacy & Therapeutics 2011; 36(5): 557-567. (ISI-Cited Publication).
Dr. Nur Amani @ Natasha Bt Ahmad Tajuddin She obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Malaya in 2004 and postgraduate degree in Family Medicine in 2012. She worked in the Ministry of Health until 2007.She joined as an academic lecturer in June 2012.

Her main interest and experience includes elderly care and also psychosocial issues in adolescents.

Publication:
  1. Sellappans R, Chua SS, Ahmad Tajuddin NA, Lai PSM. Health innovation for patient safety improvement. AMJ 2013; 6(1): 60-63. http//dx.doi.org/10.4066/AMJ.2013.1643 (SCOPUS-Cited Publication).
Dr. Nurdiana Abdullah She obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Malaya in 1995 and postgraduate degree in Family Medicine in 2002. She worked in various health clinics in the Ministry of Health, Malaysia as a Family Medicine Specialist from 2002. She joined as an academic lecturer in November 2011.

Her research interest include chronic diseases, diabetes and hypertension.

Publication:
  1. Su May Liew, Adina Abdullah, Nurdiana Abdullah, Yook Chin Chia. Health innovation in cardiovascular diseases. Australasian Medical Journal 2013;6:67-69.
Dr. Haireen Abdul Hadi She obtained her undergraduate degree from University College of Cork in the Republic of Ireland. She worked as a senior house officer in United Kingdom mainly in General Medical and elderly care in various hospitals for four years. She obtained her postgraduate degrees in Family Medicine from University of Malaya in 2008. She joined the Department as an academic primary care physician in 2009.

Her main interest and experience includes elderly care and also psychosocial issues in adolescents.

Publication:
  1. Factors Influencing Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy by Malaysian General Practitioners., Co-Investigator, 2012-2013, BKP, National.
  2. Malaysian Photoageing Intervention (MyPAINT) Study, Principal Investigator(PI), 2012-2013, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (UMRG), National.
Dr. Ahmad Ihsan Bin Abu Bakar He obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Malaya in 2006 and postgraduate degree in Family Medicine in 2013. He worked in the Ministry of Health until 2008. He joined as an academic lecturer in November 2012.

His main interest and experience includes men’s health.