nternational Journal of TROPICAL DISEASE & Health (IJTDH) (ISSN: 2278 – 1005) aims to publish high quality papers (Click here for Types of paper) in the areas of tropical medicine and public health research, reports on the efficacy of new drugs and methods of treatment, prevention and control methodologies, new testing methods and equipment. This is a quality controlled, peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal. IJTDH will not only publish traditional full research reports, including short communications, but also this journal will publish reports/articles on all stages of the research process like study protocols, pilot studies and pre-protocols. IJTDH is novelty attracting, open minded, peer-reviewed medical periodical, designed to serve as a perfectly new platform for both mainstream and new ground shaking works as long as they are technically correct and scientifically motivated. This journal has no connection with any society or association, related to Tropical medicine, disease or Public health and allied fields. This is an independent journal run by SDI.
Scope of this journal pays attention to 2 main areas i.e. 1. TROPICAL Diseases Research and 2. Public Health Research
TROPICAL Diseases Research includes all tropical diseases, such as dengue/dengue hemorrhagic fever, malaria, yellow fever, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, avian influenza, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, Jungle yellow fever, African meningitis, kala zar, Relapsing Fever, Rift Valley fever, Viral hemorrhagic fevers, tuberculosis, Scabies, Myiasis, anthracia pestis, cholera, plague, leishmaniasis, tsutsugamushi, Mycetoma, Paracoccidiomycosis, schistosomiasis, filariasis, Taeniasis-Cysticercosis, Dracunculiasis, Echinococcosis, Food-borne Trematodiases, Loiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil-transmitted Helminthiases (Ascariasis, Hookworm Diseases, Trichuriasis, Strongyloidiasis), Toxocariasis and other Larva, Migranstrypanosomatosis, leprosy, babesiasis, Mycetoma, Paracoccidiomycosis, Lyme disease, enzootic hepatitis, Bartonella, Bovine Tuberculosis in Humans, Buruli Ulcer, Enteric pathogens, Leprosy, Leptospirosis, Trachoma, Treponematoses, red tide, Other arboviral infections, Rabies, epidemic polyarthritis, hepatitis, Amebiasis, Balantidiasis, Chagas Disease, Giardiasis, Human African Trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis and other main and neglected tropical diseases.
Public Health Research includes all areas of general public health research. These include: Public health theory, practice and impact, Social determinants of health, the environmental, behavioral, and occupational correlates of health and disease; pathogenesis, clinical features, pharmacological aspects and treatment, diagnosis, epidemiological theory and fieldwork, vector biology, molecular biology, gene studies, medical microbiology, medical entomology and vaccinology and prevention, ecological and social determinants, public health and community medicine, and international health policy aspects including cost-effectiveness analyses.
Each issue will be running issue and all officially accepted manuscripts will be immediately published online. State-of-the-art running issue concept gives authors the benefit of Zero Waiting Time for the officially accepted manuscripts to be published.
Publication history: Previous Title: American Journal of TROPICAL MEDICINE & Public Health; Present title (from 2012): International Journal of TROPICAL DISEASE & Health (IJTDH).
The Nigerian rural people demonstrate undesirable health-seeking behavior because of their cosmological and nosological notions which ascribe etiology of diseases and ill-health to entities far beyond the realm of the stethoscope. The present review is therefore solicited to enhance the health status of rural dwellers by providing potentially useful guidance that will enhance the knowledge of healthcare professionals with respect to the peculiar health-seeking behavior of rural dwellers so as to promote good patient-physician interaction and to provide empirical basis for rational health policy formulation. A manual literature and internet (Google, Medline, Embase, HINARI and Cochrane data bases) search showed that in a pluralistic medical milieu in which the rural dwellers find themselves, the decision to seek healthcare, where to do this and the form of care perceived as appropriate are all influenced by a multiplicity of factors relating to the person, the facility and the socio-cultural environment.
Primarily, religious beliefs, use of Traditional African Medicine (TAM) and patients’ perception of reality influence health-seeking behavior. In order to adequately and successfully manage the Nigerian rural patients, the healthcare provider must pay attention to patients’ impression of illness and underpinning health beliefs during consultation, in therapeutics and in handling evolving complications of TAM and ethical dilemmas. Improvement of rural infrastructure and behavioral health promotion campaigns among the rural people together with rational health policy formulation and regulation of TAM practice, are imperative.
Health-seeking behavior, rural dwellers, Nigeria, healthcare professionals.
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