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

Dr Klaus Von Pressentin, Editor-in-chief South African Family Practice Journal, South Africa

Assistant Editor

Prof Indiran Govender 

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 61, Issue 4, 2019


Caregivers of children with diabetes mellitus: challenges of caring for and perceptions of consultations in a South African public sector context
Author(s): BL DhadaDepartment of Paediatrics & Child Health, South Africa, DR BlackbeardDepartment of Clinical Psychology, South Africa
Pages: 117–135
Optimising the learning environment for undergraduate students in the Department of Family Medicine at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Author(s): I GovenderCentre for Health Professions Education, South Africa, M De VilliersCentre for Health Professions Education, South Africa
Pages: 136–143
Perceptions of community health workers on their training, teamwork and practice: a cross-sectional study in Tshwane district, Gauteng, South Africa.
Author(s): SLN NyalungaDiscipline of Family Medicine, South Africa, JV NdimandeDiscipline of Family Medicine, South Africa, GA OgunbanjoDiscipline of Family Medicine, South Africa, A Masango-MakgobelaDiscipline of Family Medicine, South Africa, T BogongoDiscipline of Family Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 144–149
Determinants of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in healthy young adults living in the Western Cape, South Africa
Author(s): J VisserDivision of Human Nutrition, Department of Global Health, South Africa, K KnightDivision of Human Nutrition, Department of Global Health, South Africa, L PhilipsDivision of Human Nutrition, Department of Global Health, South Africa, W VisserDivision of Dermatology, South Africa, M WallaceCancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Cape Town, South Africa,, DG NelCentre for Statistical Consultation, South Africa, R BlaauwDivision of Human Nutrition, Department of Global Health, South Africa
Pages: 150–158
A review of the management and outcome of patients admitted with cryptococcal meningitis at a regional hospital in KwaZulu-Natal province
Author(s): Andrew J RossDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, Egide NdayishimiyePrince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, Master of Public Health (MPH), South Africa
Pages: 159–164


Homicide–suicide: practical implications for risk reduction and support services at primary care level
Author(s): C KotzéWeskoppies Psychiatric Hospital/Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, South Africa, JL RoosWeskoppies Psychiatric Hospital/Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 165–169


Manuscripts submitted to South African Family Practice by the School of Medicine, University of the Free State: journal response types and times
Author(s): Gina JoubertDepartment of Biostatistics, South Africa, Theanette MulderSchool of Medicine, South Africa, Wilhelm Johannes SteinbergDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, Johan BotesDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 170–171


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