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Volume 51, Number 7 July 2022

Hospital-at-home programmes are well described in the literature but not in Asia. This issue highlights home-based inpatient care in Singapore, with evaluation on safety and feasibility, and patient satisfaction rates.

Research on clinical and cost effectiveness, with patient and caregiver perspectives, can help in policymaking as the population ages and demand on hospitals increases.

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Treating acutely ill patients at home: Data from Singapore

Inpatient hospitalisation is the conventional strategy to care for acutely ill patients. However, demand for hospital beds and clinical manpower is escalating as populations age, and hospitals are expensive to build and run.1 There is increasing recognition of the...

Treating patients at home: A novel solution for old problems

Hospital-at-home (HaH) programmes deliver hospital-type treatments to patients located in their own homes, often in substitution for an acute inpatient admission or to support early discharge from hospitals. They are associated with high patient satisfaction rates, improved health outcomes...

Academy of Medicine, Singapore clinical guideline on endoscopic surveillance and management of gastric...

Gastric cancer (GC) is the 7th most common cancer in men and the 9th most common cancer in women in Singapore. More than two-thirds of patients with GC are diagnosed at stage III or IV, when the 5-year survival...

Effects of electroconvulsive therapy on cognition and quality of life in schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder with a profound impact on patients, their families, caregivers and society. The global prevalence of lifetime schizophrenia is 0.2–0.4% without significant differences between sex and ethnicity, nor between urban and rural environments.1 The...

Prevalence of burnout among healthcare professionals in Singapore

Burnout was first described in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger, where he discussed the concept based on physical signs, behavioural indicators, judgment, emotional factors, and the preventive measures to avoid burnout.1 In 2019, the World Health Organization defined burnout as...

Bridging electroconvulsive therapy in schizophrenia with cognition and quality of life

Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating severe mental illnesses with significant impact,1 irrespective of culture or socioeconomic class.2 Over the decades, antipsychotic medication has been the mainstay of treatment for patients with schizophrenia. Nevertheless, about 25% of patients...

Knowledge and perception of fall prevention in hospital: A survey of nursing staff

Dear Editor, Hospital falls are a common debilitating problem worldwide and are associated with negative patient outcomes and increased financial costs to organisations.1,2 While current research has demonstrated the positive impact of a multifaceted fall prevention programme in hospitals,...

Nutrition support practices for critically ill patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2:...

Within 3 weeks of the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 pandemic on 11 March 2020, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) developed a set of nutrition guidelines that...

Challenges and considerations in delivering nutritional therapy in the ICU during COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has created unprecedented challenges for healthcare workers in Singapore and across the world. Providing clinical nutrition and metabolic care to patients with COVID-19 has been highly challenging. In this issue of the Annals, Lew et...

Inter-hospital trends of post-resuscitation interventions and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Singapore

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) have notoriously been a medical issue with high morbidity and mortality.1 It is a multifaceted problem with a multitude of aetiologies,2 and as such various factors influence the outcome of OHCA patients. The management of OHCA...

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Singapore: Can we do better?

Cardiac arrests are unpredictable events that frequently result in death or significant residual morbidity among survivors. These sudden events affect not only the individual, but are understandably also significant life events and stressors for the family and friends. As...

Epidemiological trends and outcomes of children with aural foreign bodies in Singapore

Aural foreign bodies (FBs) commonly present to the emergency department (ED) worldwide. Children represent the majority of the population, believed to be due to their inquisitive minds and experimental nature.1 Aetiologies for aural FBs include accidental or intentional insertion...

Call For Papers


The Annals is the official journal of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. Established in 1972, Annals is the leading medical journal in Singapore which aims to publish novel findings from clinical research as well as medical practices that can benefit the medical community.

Published monthly, online, open-access and peer-reviewed, Annals is indexed in Index Medicus, Science Citation Index – Expanded, ISI Alerting Services, and Current Contents/ Clinical Medicine. Impact Factor for the Annals in 2021 is 8.713 and 5-year Impact Factor is 5.544.

The rapidly ageing population and enlarging burden of chronic diseases require a proportionate emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. A health system that is more data-driven and patient-centric, which leverages the innovative use of technology and digital solutions, will be areas warranting research attention and coverage. The Annals invites submission of manuscripts that advance the scientific basis of clinical knowledge, and the practice of medicine in Singapore and internationally. We welcome submissions that address challenges in the management of chronic diseases (e.g. cancer, cardiovascular diseases, ageing, diabetes mellitus and neurological diseases), and use of technology and digital medicine to improve patient care.

Papers of sufficient merits will be published. Authors will also be notified if their manuscripts are deemed not suitable for publication.

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