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BEST STUDY TEAM HEADS OUT FOR NEUROLOGICAL DISEASES SURVEY

Oct 22, 2013

DONNING shirts with the slogan that read ‘Help us to help you,’ 10 interviewers from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) are currently performing a door-to-door survey in the Brunei-Muara District.



The team yesterday headed out to Kampong Salambigar, Kampong Sungai Orok and Kampong Sungai Akar to carry out the survey that aims to collect data on neurological diseases, especially on stroke in this country.



“In stroke, every second counts,” emphasised Prof Datin Uta Meyding-Lamadé, head of Brunei Neuroscience Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC), which is located at the Jerudong Park Medical Centre.



“Just recently, we had a young stroke patient in our clinic receiving therapy within the first hours, and now no longer showing symptoms.”



To enable optimal treatment for every stroke patient in Brunei, the BEST Study (The Brunei-Epidemiology-of-STroke-and-multiple-sclerosis Study) was developed.DONNING shirts with the slogan that read ‘Help us to help you,’ 10 interviewers from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) are currently performing a door-to-door survey in the Brunei-Muara District.



The team yesterday headed out to Kampong Salambigar, Kampong Sungai Orok and Kampong Sungai Akar to carry out the survey that aims to collect data on neurological diseases, especially on stroke in this country.



“In stroke, every second counts,” emphasised Prof Datin Uta Meyding-Lamadé, head of Brunei Neuroscience Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC), which is located at the Jerudong Park Medical Centre.



“Just recently, we had a young stroke patient in our clinic receiving therapy within the first hours, and now no longer showing symptoms.”



To enable optimal treatment for every stroke patient in Brunei, the BEST Study (The Brunei-Epidemiology-of-STroke-and-multiple-sclerosis Study) was developed.


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From left: Professor Datin Uta Meyding-Lamade (Head of BNSRC) with the team of interviewers (Standing: Shalihin Shahril Rizal bin Hashim, Najah Hayati binti Awg Hidop, Masliza bte Liussin, Siti Muti'ah binti Hj Ismail, Wan Zaleha Ariff bte Mohd Zain Ariff; Sitting: Mohammad Khairi bin Awg Zulkipli, Nooryourhanes binti Amdani), Agong Lupat (Co-Principal Investogator PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences) and in the back row, Dr. Kattrinna Eck and Dr Torsten Witte (Neurologists, BNSRC, Jeruding Park Medical Centre).



Scientists and physicians from Brunei and Germany are currently performing an epidemiological survey on the frequency of stroke and on the risk factors of this life-threatening disease.



The data will provide a basis for planning and establishing adequate resources for the treatment of neurological patients in this country.



The data collection is performed by a team of interviewers from UBD who has been trained in basic neurology and on the correct performance of scientific surveys.



In groups of two or three, they are moving from house to house, asking owners for support for the study. Beginning on the first of October up till today, they have collected data of over 270 participants.



Now the study will move on to a new Kampong: From October 21 onwards, the team will be collecting data in Kampong Salambigar, Kampong Sungai Orok and Kampong Sungai Akar.



The households they will visit in the course of the study are randomly selected. So if you live in Kampong Salambigar, Kampong Sungai Orok or Kampong Sungai Akar and your household are selected, the team of the BEST Study cordially asks for your help.



Twenty minutes of each participant’s time will contribute to more effective prevention and treatment of neurological diseases in Brunei Darussalam.



From experience in other epidemiological studies, Agong Lupat from Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Prof Heiko Becher from University of Heidelberg stress: Every single person is needed, please cooperate for this important study.

 


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