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 60, Issue 2, 2018

Review Article

Do we miss half of the injuries sustained during rape because we cannot see them? An overview of the use of toluidine blue tissue stain in the medical assessment of rape cases
Author(s): JM KotzéDepartment of Forensic Medicine and Department of Family Medicine, South Africa, H BritsDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 37–40


Depression among infertile women in Ogbomosoland
Author(s): SA OladejiDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, AD OlaOlorunDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria
Pages: 41–45
Adult binge drinking: rate, frequency and intensity in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa
Author(s): Eyitayo Omolara OwolabiDepartment of Nursing Science, South Africa, Daniel Ter GoonDepartment of Nursing Science, South Africa, Oladele Vincent AdeniyiDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, Eunice SeekoeDepartment of Nursing Science, South Africa
Pages: 46–52
‘Treating a patient should be approached in a holistic manner’: collaboration of doctors and physiotherapists in the rehabilitation of people living with HIV
Author(s): Stacy MaddocksPhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Verusia ChettyPhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Arishna MaghooPhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Nkuleleko MhlongoPhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Nsindiso MthembuPhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Sinempilo KhanyilePhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Siphokazi ChilizaPhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Tyrel MunsamyPhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Zanele GamedePhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa, Slindile MazibukocPhysiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, South Africa
Pages: 53–57
Staffing levels at KwaZulu-Natal district hospitals: is the University of KwaZulu-Natal training for the needs of the province?
Author(s): Andrew RossDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, Dumsani GumedeUmthombo Youth Development Foundation, South Africa, Solange MiandaDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 58–62
Medico-legal aspects regarding drunk driving: experience and competency in practice of community service doctors
Author(s): L FouchéDivision Health Sciences Education, Office of the Dean, South Africa, J BezuidenhoutDivision Health Sciences Education, Office of the Dean, South Africa, C LiebenbergDepartment of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, South Africa, AO AdefuyeDivision Health Sciences Education, Office of the Dean, South Africa
Pages: 63–69


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