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 3, 2019


Households’ satisfaction with the healthcare services rendered by a ward-based outreach team in Tshwane district, Pretoria, South Africa
Author(s): AT Masango MakgobelaFamily Medicine and Primary Health Care Department, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa, JV NdimandeFamily Medicine and Primary Health Care Department, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital, South Africa, G OgunbanjoFamily Medicine and Primary Health Care Department, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa, T BongongoFamily Medicine and Primary Health Care Department, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa, SN NyalungaFamily Medicine and Primary Health Care Department, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
Pages: 75–78
Prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in a multiracial female population in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa
Author(s): Yeshnee NaidooDiscipline of Optics and Imaging, Durban, South Africa, Jagidesa MoodleyWomen’s Health and HIV Research Group, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Durban, South Africa, Lorna MaduraiGlobal Clinical and Virology Laboratory,, Thajasvarie NaickerDiscipline of Optics and Imaging, Durban, South Africa
Pages: 79–84
Weight bias and eating behaviours of persons with overweight and obesity attending a general medical practice in Durban, South Africa
Author(s): RD GovenderDepartment of Family Medicine, United Arab Emirates, S Al-ShamsiDepartment of Internal Medicine, United Arab Emirates, D RegmiDepartment of Family Medicine, United Arab Emirates
Pages: 85–90
Lifestyle counselling and behavioural change: role among adult hypertensives in a rural tertiary institution
Author(s): AO AyodapoDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, TAV OlukokunDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria
Pages: 91–96
Biomarkers, shock index and modified early warning score among older medical hospital inpatients in Nigeria
Author(s): LA AdebusoyeChief Tony Anenih Geriatric Centre (CTAGC), Nigeria, MO OwolabiDepartment of Medicine, College of Medicine, Nigeria, A OgunniyiDepartment of Medicine, College of Medicine, Nigeria
Pages: 97–101
The perceptions of general practitioners on National Health Insurance in Chris Hani district, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Author(s): Mthetheleli Mbongeni GaqavuDivision of Family Medicine and Primary Care, South Africa, Robert MashDivision of Family Medicine and Primary Care, South Africa
Pages: 102–108
Evaluating the performance of South African primary care: a cross-sectional descriptive survey
Author(s): Graham BresickDivision of Family Medicine,, Klaus B von PressentinDivision of Family Medicine and Primary Care,, Robert MashDivision of Family Medicine and Primary Care,
Pages: 109–116


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