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 6, 2018


Factors influencing post-partum women’s choice of an implantable contraceptive device in a rural district hospital in South Africa
Author(s): Francois PotgieterDepartment of Family and Emergency Medicine, South Africa, Paul KappDepartment of Family and Emergency Medicine, South Africa, Francois CoetzeeUkwanda Centre for Rural Health, South Africa
Pages: 174–180
Knowledge, attitudes and practice of healthcare providers regarding contraceptive use in adolescence in Mahalapye, Botswana
Author(s): ST TshitengeFamily Medicine and PH, Botswana, K NlisiBotswana Ministry of Health and Welfare, Botswana, V SetlhareFamily Medicine and PH, Botswana, R OgundipeFamily Medicine and PH, Botswana
Pages: 181–186
An evaluation of the medical internship programme at King Edward VIII hospital, South Africa in 2016
Author(s): Andrew RossDepartment of Family Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, SS (Cyril) Naidoo, Siyabonga Dlamini
Pages: 187–191
Optimum INR intensity and therapeutic INR control in patients with mechanical heart valve prosthesis on warfarin oral anticoagulation at Dr George Mukhari academic hospital: a three-year retrospective study
Author(s): S NtlokotsiDepartment of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, South Africa, MF MosheshDepartment of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, South Africa, P MntlaDepartment of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, South Africa, OA TowobolaDepartment of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, South Africa, MA MogaleDepartment of Biochemistry, School of Science & Technology, South Africa
Pages: 192–196
Quality of primary care physicians’ communication of diabetes self-management during medical encounters with persons with diabetes mellitus in a resource-poor country
Author(s): OS OjoFamily Medicine Department, Nigeria, SO MalomoFamily Medicine Department, Nigeria, AO EgunjobiFamily Medicine Department, Nigeria, AOA JimohFamily Medicine Department, Nigeria, MO OlowereFamily Medicine Department, Nigeria
Pages: 197–206
Challenges experienced by healthcare workers in managing patients with hearing impairment at a primary health care setting: a descriptive case study
Author(s): S OrrieDivision of Family Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, South Africa, T MotsohiDivision of Family Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 207–211


Comment on ‘Cell phone use and ill health: is there a definite relationship?’
Author(s): SMJ MortazaviFox Chase Cancer Center, USA, SAR MortazaviSchool of Medicine, Iran
Pages: 212–213

Short Communication

Community-acquired pneumonia in patients admitted to National District Hospital in Bloemfontein: guideline adherence
Author(s): Thornton FordSchool of Medicine, South Africa, Johané PotgieterSchool of Medicine, South Africa, Jana Van der WaltSchool of Medicine, South Africa, Monette Van SchalkwykSchool of Medicine, South Africa, Maresa Van LillDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, Gina JoubertDepartment of Biostatistics, South Africa
Pages: 214–215


Rural medicine and ‘home stay’: a medical student’s experience
Author(s): Reabetswe NtshabeleNelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, South Africa, Rubeshan PerumalNelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, South Africa, Nesri PadayatchiCentre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)—MRC TB HIV Pathogenesis Unit, South Africa
Pages: 216–218
‘Telephone Triage’: a possible means of managing the after-hours patient load at primary health care facilities in South Africa
Author(s): AA AdenijiDivision of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, South Africa,, LH MabuzaDepartment of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa.,
Pages: 219–224


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