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David Lorenzo Boyd

Hymowitz Family Professor of the Practice Emeritus in Global Health
Duke Global Health Institute

Selected Publications


Implementation challenges to patient safety in Guatemala: a mixed methods evaluation.

Journal Article BMJ quality & safety · May 2022 BackgroundLittle is known about factors affecting implementation of patient safety programmes in low and middle-income countries. The goal of our study was to evaluate the implementation of a patient safety programme for paediatric care in Guatema ... Full text Open Access Cite

Implementation Analysis of a Perioperative Patient Safety Program in Guatemala.

Journal Article World J Surg · July 2020 BACKGROUND: The implementation of programs to improve patient safety remains challenging in low- and middle-income countries. The goal of our study was to define the barriers and facilitators to implementation of a perioperative patient safety program in G ... Full text Link to item Cite

Assessment of Maya women's knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs on sexually transmitted infections in Guatemala: a qualitative pilot study.

Journal Article BMC women's health · March 2020 BackgroundDespite Guatemala's large indigenous population, indigenous health is often neglected in reported health data and interventions. Although this data is limited in scope, it shows that indigenous people have poorer health outcomes. Sexuall ... Full text Cite

Effect of a traditional Chinese medicine course for undergraduate nursing students: A pre-/post-test study.

Journal Article Nurse education today · November 2018 BackgroundTraditional Chinese medicine is widely used for treating aging-related chronic conditions. Therefore, designing a TCM theoretical course for undergraduate nursing students will be a preparation for further clinical practice in TCM in the ... Full text Cite

Beyond medical pluralism: characterising health-care delivery of biomedicine and traditional medicine in rural Guatemala.

Journal Article Global public health · April 2018 Although approximately one half of Guatemalans are indigenous, the Guatemalan Maya account for 72% of the extremely poor within the country. While some biomedical services are available in these communities, many Maya utilise traditional medicine as a sign ... Full text Cite

Early Initiation of Breastfeeding Among Maya Mothers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala: Practices and Beliefs.

Journal Article Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association · November 2017 BackgroundGuatemala exhibits the sixth highest rate of child stunting worldwide, and stunting disproportionately affects Guatemala indigenous communities. In a country struggling to combat this result of malnutrition, early child nutrition is espe ... Full text Cite

Traditional medicine practices among community members with diabetes mellitus in Northern Tanzania: an ethnomedical survey.

Journal Article BMC Complement Altern Med · August 11, 2016 BACKGROUND: Diabetes is a growing burden in sub-Saharan Africa where traditional medicines (TMs) remain a primary form of healthcare in many settings. In Tanzania, TMs are frequently used to treat non-communicable diseases, yet little is known about TM pra ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Traditional medicine practices among community members with chronic kidney disease in northern Tanzania: an ethnomedical survey.

Journal Article BMC Nephrol · October 23, 2015 BACKGROUND: In sub-Saharan Africa, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is being recognized as a non-communicable disease (NCD) with high morbidity and mortality. In countries like Tanzania, people access many sources, including traditional medicines, to meet thei ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Yoga to Reduce Trauma-Related Distress and Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties Among Children Living in Orphanages in Haiti: A Pilot Study.

Journal Article Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) · September 2015 ObjectivesTo measure trauma-related distress and evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of an 8-week yoga intervention (YI) in reducing trauma-related symptoms and emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBD) among childr ... Full text Cite

Treatment of chronic conditions with traditional Chinese medicine: findings from traditional Chinese medicine hospitals in Hubei, China.

Journal Article J Altern Complement Med · January 2015 OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to document clinical use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for chronic conditions in all TCM hospitals in a Chinese province and to recommend treatments most in need of evaluation for use in community health centers. DESIGN ... Full text Link to item Cite

The determinants of traditional medicine use in Northern Tanzania: a mixed-methods study.

Journal Article PLoS One · 2015 INTRODUCTION: Traditional medicines are an important part of healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, and building successful disease treatment programs that are sensitive to traditional medicine practices will require an understanding of their current use and ro ... Full text Link to item Cite

Public health literacy defined.

Journal Article American journal of preventive medicine · May 2009 Public health literacy is an emerging concept necessary to understand and address the broad array of factors, such as climate change, globalization, and poverty, that influence the public's health. Whereas health literacy has traditionally been operational ... Full text Cite