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 2, 2019


Satisfaction with spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean section at Tembisa Hospital, South Africa: a cross-sectional study
Author(s): Uziele M MakokoAnesthesiology Department, Tembisa Hospital, South Africa, Lebitsi M ModibaDepartment of Public Health, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa, Doudou K NzaumvilaDr George Mukhari Academic Hospital/Family Medicine & Primary Health Care Department, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), South Africa
Pages: 39–47
Prevalence and predictors of Implanon uptake in Ugu (Ugu North Sub District) 2016/17
Author(s): Anudha MoodleyDiscipline of Public Health Medicine, South Africa, Ozayr MahomedDiscipline of Public Health Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 48–52
Prevalence and determinants of self-directed referrals amongst patients at hospitals in eThekwini District, KwaZulu-Natal 2015
Author(s): A RajmanDiscipline of Public Health Medicine, South Africa, OH MahomedDiscipline of Public Health Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 53–59
Compliance with local diabetic guidelines at a district hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Author(s): K RampersadDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, S RangiahDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, M KendonDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 60–64
Effect of counselling on the family function of intimate partner violence victims attending antenatal clinic in a tertiary hospital in North Central Nigeria
Author(s): BO AkorDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, LA MosesDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, ND BaamlongDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, LL ShedulDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, AS HarunaDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, JM AbuDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, OU ChiraDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, NR RipiyeDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria, RA AbdulkareemDepartment of Family Medicine, Nigeria
Pages: 69–74


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