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There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.

Leonardo da Vinci
Academician Prof. Emeritus Bela Balint, MD, PhD
President of the Editorial Board

Esteemed Colleagues,

As the newly appointed President of the Serbian Journal of the Medical Chamber Editorial Board, on behalf of myself, as well as on behalf of us all, I would like to thank you for putting your trust in us. I would also like to emphasize that the members of the Editorial Board will do their utmost to justify the trust placed in them, but also to contribute to the continuation and improvement of the quality of the Journal – naturally with the professional support of the Editor-in-Chief and all other members of the editorial staff, as well as all past and future associates/authors of the Journal.

It is my great pleasure to see that the scientific value and medical significance of the published articles, as well as the overall contribution of the Journal to improving biomedical knowledge in Serbia, have been recognized by the Ministry of Science, Technological Development and Innovation of the Republic of Serbia, which has resulted in the Serbian Journal of the Medical Chamber already finding itself amongst the journals with a significant following, and will hopefully lead to it being recognized and categorized as a journal of national significance with the initial category/code M54. This category is, indeed, just the initial point for further progress within the M50 category of journals, but is, at the same time, a steppingstone towards entering certain databases. Namely, it would be especially important for the Journal to be entered into specific search engines, i.e., biomedical bibliographic databases (databases of references and abstracts), such as PubMed and others. This would, along with fulfilling other necessary criteria (regular publishing and submitting of the Journal, reviewing of the manuscripts in keeping with the required guidelines, etc.), undoubtedly contribute, not only to the higher citation ranking of the published articles, but also to the future ‘potential of the Journal’ for achieving the M20 categorization/code.

Having reviewed all the submitted articles accepted for publication, I would especially like to thank all the authors for submitting the results of their valuable research and clinical studies, which have been presented within articles of great quality. The current issue of the Journal presents the original article, Gender differences at the workplace: sickness absence and productivity loss at work and their association with health and work-related factors, written by Đikanović B. et al., which reports on a cross-sectional study including a total of 10,407 subjects employed in thirty-seven companies in the Netherlands. The authors found that a higher prevalence of sickness absence in women may partially be explained by psychosocial work-related and health-related factors.

In her article, Health personnel and the reform of primary health care in Montenegro, Šćepanović L. reports on the reform activities related to managing universal health coverage in primary health care in Montenegro, carried out in the period between 2004 and 2012. The aim of the study is to present the effect of reform activities on the health care system and health workers. The author recommends that a body should be established which would continuously monitor changes occuring in primary health care.

The article titled Association between sleep quality and depressive symptomatology in patients with multiple sclerosis, by Semnic I. and Gebauer Bukurov K, aims at determining the frequency of sleep quality change, depression, anxiety, and stress in patients with multiple sclerosis. In patients with relapsingremitting MS treated with immunomodulatory therapy, an association was detected between sleep quality and depression, anxiety, and stress. Of the analyzed sociodemographic characteristics, an association was observed between age structure and sleep quality, as measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.

The article, Dual practice, factors and solutions for healthcare professionals, written by Milošević Gačević M, states that dual practice is a phenomenon occurring in many countries, albeit significantly more common in developing countries, i.e., low-income countries. The article analyses available literature pertaining to dual practice, the factors affecting the occurrence of this phenomenon, as well as possible solutions for health workers.

In their article, Interstitial lung diseases and secondary pulmonary hypertension, Belić S. et al. state that interstitial lung diseases often have a poor prognosis, and when associated with pulmonary hypertension, additional reduction in the survival rate occurs. Along with diagnostic procedures, the latest recommendations for the treatment of such patients are presented in this paper.

In their review article, Development of the definition of sepsis, Dimić N. et al. explain that, in the 1990s, sepsis was described as systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) after infection. The subsequent definition defined sepsis as a particular clinical syndrome. Today, sepsis is defined as a specific state, which may be life-threatening to patients, and which develops as the result of underlying organ dysfunction caused by inappropriate host response to infection. Such a state may result in septic shock. The authors point out that timely identification and treatment of sepsis may reduce the rates of complications and death.

Uterus-sparing surgical treatment of suture necrosis after caesarian section – case series report, written by Cerović Popović R. et al., comprises data on successful conservative treatment of female patients with uterine suture necrosis, in puerperium, after a cesarean section. The authors have concluded that uterussparing surgical treatment of uterine suture is a possible alternative to standard treatment, which allows fertility preservation in women.

Aleksandrić D. et al. have submitted the article, Stabilization of Neer IIB type distal clavicle fracture using the TightRope system – case report. The conclusion of this case study shows that, while there is no defined gold standard in the surgical treatment of the described orthopedic injury, good results can be achieved with the indirect method of stabilization and flexible fixation of the coracoclavicular joint, with the use of different tehniques. The described method has resulted in better functional outcomes and a lesser degree of complications.

Finally, it is important to point out that, bearing in mind the structure, content, and approach to dealing with the subject areas, it may rightly be concluded that the Serbian Journal of the Medical Chamber – which has long been a publication much needed by doctors, but also medical students and other professionals in the medical field – significantly contributes to the development of general medicine as well as other multidisciplinary areas of bioscience. This journal is at the service of doctors, whether to report on complex issues of today, or of the past, and this is why it needs to be available and familiar to all doctors. I believe that this issue of the Journal will also be well received by the readers and will find its place ‘on the shelf’ of national medical literature, primarily because the greatest part of its content relates to everyday work, efforts, successes, and problems experienced by practicing doctors.


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