South African Family Practice

ISSN: 2078-6190 (Print)
            2078-6204 (Online)
Publication frequency: 6 issues per year

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)


Official publication of the South African Academy of Family PhysiciansCo-published with Medpharm Publications

Co-published with Taylor & FrancisThis is a fully Open Access journal that only publishes articles Open Access.


Aims & Scope

South African Family Practice (SAFP) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, which strives to provide primary care physicians and researchers with a broad range of scholarly work in the disciplines of Family Medicine, Primary Health Care, Rural Medicine, District Health and other related fields. SAFP publishes original research, clinical reviews, and pertinent commentary that advance the knowledge base of these disciplines. The content of SAFP is designed to reflect and support further development of the broad basis of these disciplines through original research and critical review of evidence in important clinical areas; as well as to provide practitioners with continuing professional development material. SAFP adheres to the international acceptable editorial standards, as published by  The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts will be subject to blinded peer-review and the decision of the Editor will be final. Articles submitted for consideration by the editor should not have been published before, either in total or in part, nor be currently submitted to any other publisher. The Editor retains the right to stylise and shorten any material accepted for publication. Accepted manuscripts will be copy edited and galley proofs will be sent to the author for approval. 

Preference is given to articles presenting the results of original research or evidence-based clinical reviews, relevant to family medicine, primary health care, district health or rural medicine.  

Opinions expressed in the Journal should not be taken to represent the policies of the South African Academy of Family Physicians, or the Publishers (Medpharm Publications Pty Ltd, Cogent OA and NISC Pty Ltd).  

Submissions in any official language of South Africa will be considered for publication within the framework of the SA Fam Pract mission to appeal to the widest possible readership.


Editor in Chief

Prof Gboyega A Ogunbanjo, Editor-in-chief South African Family Practice Journal, South Africa

Associate Editors

Douw Greeff, Medpharm Publications (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Editorial Board

Dr Graham Bresick, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Dr Nzapfurundi Otto Chabikuli, University of Pretoria and University of Limpopo, Nigeria
Prof Jimmy Chandia, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa
Professor Ian Douglas Couper, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Prof Bob Mash, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Prof S (Cyril) Soornarain Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Dr Ntodeni Norah Ndwamato, Rural Doctors Association of South Africa (RUDASA), South Africa
Prof Wilhelm Johannes Steinberg, University of the Free State, South Africa
Prof Selma Smith, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Editorial Board (International)
Prof Adriana M Prinsloo, University of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Prof Trevor John Gibbs, Bute Medical School, United Kingdom
Dr Anselme Derese, Ghent University, Belgium
Prof Waris Qidwai, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Prof Tarun Kumar Sen Gupta, James Cook University, Australia

Latest Issue

Volume 59, Issue 4, 2017


Methylphenidate use among students living in junior on-campus residences of the University of the Free State
Author(s): PM Van ZylDepartment of Pharmacology, South Africa, G JoubertDepartment of Biostatistics, South Africa, L FechterSchool of Medicine, South Africa, J GrieselSchool of Medicine, South Africa, M NelSchool of Medicine, South Africa, A HoniballSchool of Medicine, South Africa, L SerfonteinSchool of Medicine, South Africa, M DiedericksSchool of Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 123–127
Factors associated with failed spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean sections in Mthatha general hospital, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Author(s): Adeyinka Abiodun AlabiDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, Oladele Vincent AdeniyiDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, Olukayode Ademola AdelekeDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, Pamela PillaSchool of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences, Department of Anatomy, South Africa, Mohamed Rashid HaffajeeSchool of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences, Department of Clinical Anatomy, South Africa
Pages: 128–132
An evaluation of the use of the South African Triage Scale in an urban district hospital in Durban, South Africa
Author(s): S Soogun [COR0001], M NaidooDiscipline of Family Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health,, K NaidooDiscipline of Family Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health,
Pages: 133–137
Incidence of unnatural deaths in Transkei sub-region of South Africa (1996–2015)
Author(s): BL MeelDepartment of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, South Africa
Pages: 138–142
Spatial patterns and determinants of fertility levels among women of childbearing age in Nigeria
Author(s): Oluwayemisi O AlabaDepartment of Statistics, Nigeria, Olusanya E OlubusoyeDepartment of Statistics, South Africa, JO OlaomiDepartment of Statistics, South Africa
Pages: 143–147
Knowledge of Zika virus disease among reproductive-age women attending a general outpatient clinic in Northern Nigeria
Author(s): GC MichaelDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, I AliyuDepartment of Paediatrics, Nigeria, BA GremaDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, AO AshimiDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nigeria
Pages: 148–153


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