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Dr Danilo Jeremić
Clinical Teaching Assistant President of the Publisher’s Advisory Board

Respected colleagues, dear members of the Serbian Medical Chamber,

This issue of the Serbian Journal of the Medical Chamber marks two years of the founding and first publishing of this scientific and professional journal.

Every beginning is difficult, however, being aware of the needs of our profession, and through significant effort invested by our colleagues, we have succeeded in the idea of founding another professional and scientific journal, where we can publish our papers, exchange ideas and thoughts and publicize our professional knowledge and research results.

I must say that it has not been easy, especially in the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought about circumstances that are neither routine nor commonplace for us, to find the time and energy to appropriately promote our Journal and offer our colleagues quality content, both in the scientific and in the professional domain.

I am convinced that the success of the Journal is guaranteed, as we have already become recognized, both in Serbia and beyond. Within the Editorial Board and the editorial staff, we have brought together a team composed of renowned university lecturers and professors, as well as recognized experts, from this part of the world, whose energy and ideas have made an immeasurably valuable contribution, not only to the Journal, but also to our profession as a whole.

In this issue, we present papers dealing with current medical issues.

The editor’s choice is the paper by Marija Pajić, wherein the author analyzes the trend of the total number of patients and deaths from communicable diseases in the Belgrade population, in the period between 2015 and 2019. Morbidity from communicable diseases, in the Belgrade population, in the observed period, declined, while mortality from communicable disease increased.

The paper written by our colleague Vilnerina Ramčilović and her coauthors from the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro, reports on the frequency of tobacco use among health professions students in Montenegro, as well as the research results pertaining to the attitudes of health sciences students on the mechanisms of tobacco control.

The original paper by Mirjana Milošević presents a detailed analysis of the scope of preventive health services provided, which is used to evaluate the performance and to pay selected doctors according to the capitation formula, in primary health care institutions, in the Republic of Serbia, in the period between 2013 and 2017.

The paper written by our colleagues Anđela Pantelić and her coauthors reports on the frequency of hand and wrist circular saw injuries, within the scope of all locomotor system injuries, as well as on the characteristics of such injuries and their prevention.

The original papers written by our colleagues from the Clinic of Hematology of the University Clinical Center of Serbia (authors: Nikola Peulić, Nikola Lemajić, and Stefan Stanković, with their coauthors) present the following: the frequency of poor engraftment after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; the incidence and therapy of relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; determining the prevalence of BK polyomavirus PCR (polymerase chain reaction) positivity in the blood and urine of patients involved in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

The review paper written by our colleagues from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Edin Medjedovic, et al., shows that the implementation of modern methods has a positive impact on improving the efficiency of the provision of health services – the SIPOC (suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers) method affected the improvement of the efficiency of the clinical process in obstetrics.

The paper by Marijana Milošević Gačević analyzes research related to job satisfaction in healthcare.

The review paper written by Emilija Dubljanin Raspopović et al. demonstrates that complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) significantly affects the quality of life of the people suffering from it. The paper describes the complexity of diagnosing and treating this disease, as well as the methods applied in its treatment.

Finally, Professor Zoran Radovanović’s book review presents the monograph ‘THE INVISIBLE ENEMY -Variola vera 1972’, written by Professor Radina Vučetić. This monograph describes the outbreak, course, impact on everyday life, and socio-political implications of the largest European smallpox epidemic after World War II.

It is my hope that we will continue on this path together. I extend my sincere regards to all those reading our Journal, and at the same time, an invitation to join us and contribute to the development of the Journal itself, but also to the development of the medical profession and science.

Dr Danilo Jeremić,
Clinical Teaching Assistant President of the Publisher’s Advisory Board

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