Studies in Medicine and Public Health

Studies in Medicine and Public Health (SiMPH) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access and scholarly journal which publishes high-quality and innovative manuscripts covering original research articles, review articles, book reviews and case reports in the fields of medicine and public health. SiMPH welcomes submission of well-developed manuscripts aimed at addressing contemporary health issues. SiMPH is expected to significantly contribute to the development of medical and public health sciences as a credible scientific media for researchers, academicians, and practitioners to publicize their fresh and solutive ideas.

Studies in Medicine and Public Health (SiMPH) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access and scholarly journal which publishes high-quality and innovative manuscripts covering original research articles, review articles, book reviews and case reports in the fields of medicine and public health. SiMPH welcomes submission of well-developed manuscripts aimed at addressing contemporary health issues. SiMPH is expected to significantly contribute to the development of medical and public health sciences as a credible scientific media for researchers, academicians, and practitioners to publicize their fresh and solutive ideas.

Published
2021-12-15

Articles

Ergonomic and hazard risk assessment on meatball sellers

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to measure the ergonomics and hazards of meatball sellers. Research methodology: For assessing ergonomic and hazard risk on meatball sellers, the researcher use REBA and HIRARC. Results: The result of REBA is a grand score of 3 which signifies that meatball sellers had a low risk of work and maybe needed change. Meanwhile, based on risk assessment by HIRARC, it is found that one type of hazard is included in the high-risk category from heat from heating pan (boil) meatball broth hazard, two types of hazards that fall into the medium category, namely preparing food while standing and not using assistive devices (gloves) when preparing food, as well as two types of hazards that are classified as the low risk that consist of long working hours/lack of rest and various kinds of customer behavior. Limitations: Data collection and documentation are still influenced by the accuracy of researchers. In addition, the results of the risk assessment analysis are based on the assumptions of the researcher with all researcher’s limited knowledge. Contribution:  This study provides insight about ergonomics, especially about the working posture of meatball sellers, hazard risk they face.

Factors causing vaccine hesitancy among parents in Bulacan

Purpose: This study aimed to determine the significant factors that cause vaccine hesitancy among parents in Bulacan Research methodology: A non-experimental quantitative descriptive research study was used as a research design by using a formulated questionnaire based on the developed tool created by the World Health Organization-Strategic Advisory Group on Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and distributed among the 400 respondents in Bulacan. The respondents were purposively chosen. Results: The result showed that the majority of the parents are hesitant to vaccinate their child, considering that the most common factor causing their decision to have vaccine hesitancy is the scientific evidence of the risk and benefits of vaccination. In addition, there is a weak negative correlation (-0.103) between the economic status of the parents and their vaccine hesitancy regarding the cost of the vaccine. Furthermore, the correlation analysis between the educational attainment of the parents and their vaccine hesitancy is interpreted as a negligible correlation (0.098). Limitations: By COVID-19, the survey questionnaire was conducted through the online platform called Google Form which the study was only limited to parents who have access to the internet. Contribution:  The findings of the study are beneficial to the province of Bulacan for them to further assess and evaluate the vaccination programs in the province, and this also helps in developing plans on how to reduce vaccine hesitancy among parents in Bulacan.