Alan J Flisher

Summary

Affiliation: Medical Research Council
Country: South Africa

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Monitoring the prevalence of methamphetamine-related presentations at psychiatric hospitals in Cape Town, South Africa
    A Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa
    Afr J Psychiatry (Johannesbg) 16:45-9. 2013
  2. pmc Cocaine treatment admissions at three sentinel sites in South Africa (1997-2006): findings and implications for policy, practice and research
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 2:37. 2007
  3. ncbi request reprint Ecstasy use in South Africa: findings from the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) project (January 1997-December 2001)
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    Subst Use Misuse 39:87-105. 2004
  4. doi request reprint Adolescent methamphetamine use and sexual risk behaviour in secondary school students in Cape Town, South Africa
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa
    Drug Alcohol Rev 27:687-92. 2008
  5. doi request reprint HIV risk behaviours and their relationship to intimate partner violence (IPV) among men who have multiple female sexual partners in Cape Town, South Africa
    Loraine Townsend
    Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, P O Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, Cape Town, South Africa
    AIDS Behav 15:132-41. 2011
  6. doi request reprint Achieving the health Millennium Development Goals for South Africa: challenges and priorities
    Mickey Chopra
    Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    Lancet 374:1023-31. 2009
  7. pmc Methamphetamine use, aggressive behavior and other mental health issues among high-school students in Cape Town, South Africa
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
    Drug Alcohol Depend 109:14-9. 2010
  8. doi request reprint Public sector mental health systems in South Africa: inter-provincial comparisons and policy implications
    Crick Lund
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 45:393-404. 2010
  9. ncbi request reprint Trends in adolescent alcohol and other drug use: findings from three sentinel sites in South Africa (1997-2001)
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council of South Africa, P O Box 19070, Tygerberg, Cape Town 7505
    J Adolesc 27:429-40. 2004
  10. doi request reprint Characterization of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders among individuals starting antiretroviral therapy in South Africa
    John A Joska
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    AIDS Behav 15:1197-203. 2011

Detail Information

Publications49

  1. doi request reprint Monitoring the prevalence of methamphetamine-related presentations at psychiatric hospitals in Cape Town, South Africa
    A Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa
    Afr J Psychiatry (Johannesbg) 16:45-9. 2013
    ....
  2. pmc Cocaine treatment admissions at three sentinel sites in South Africa (1997-2006): findings and implications for policy, practice and research
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 2:37. 2007
    ..The purpose of this study was to provide surveillance information about the nature and extent of problematic cocaine use in South Africa...
  3. ncbi request reprint Ecstasy use in South Africa: findings from the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) project (January 1997-December 2001)
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    Subst Use Misuse 39:87-105. 2004
    ..These are targeted at both Ecstasy demand reduction and harm minimization. The study points to the need for continued monitoring of Ecstasy use and its associated consequences in this country...
  4. doi request reprint Adolescent methamphetamine use and sexual risk behaviour in secondary school students in Cape Town, South Africa
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa
    Drug Alcohol Rev 27:687-92. 2008
    ..Drug abuse and sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention services should incorporate the link between drugs and STI into their prevention and education strategies, especially those aimed at school-going adolescents...
  5. doi request reprint HIV risk behaviours and their relationship to intimate partner violence (IPV) among men who have multiple female sexual partners in Cape Town, South Africa
    Loraine Townsend
    Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, P O Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, Cape Town, South Africa
    AIDS Behav 15:132-41. 2011
    ....
  6. doi request reprint Achieving the health Millennium Development Goals for South Africa: challenges and priorities
    Mickey Chopra
    Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    Lancet 374:1023-31. 2009
    ..The South African Government, installed in April, 2009, has the mandate and potential to address the public health emergencies facing the country--will they do so or will another opportunity and many more lives be lost?..
  7. pmc Methamphetamine use, aggressive behavior and other mental health issues among high-school students in Cape Town, South Africa
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
    Drug Alcohol Depend 109:14-9. 2010
    ..This study investigated the prevalence of methamphetamine use among high-school students in Cape Town and whether students reporting methamphetamine use were more likely to be at risk for mental health and aggressive behavior problems...
  8. doi request reprint Public sector mental health systems in South Africa: inter-provincial comparisons and policy implications
    Crick Lund
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 45:393-404. 2010
    ..The aim of this study was to document levels of current public sector mental health service provision in South Africa and compare services across provinces, in relation to current national policy and legislation...
  9. ncbi request reprint Trends in adolescent alcohol and other drug use: findings from three sentinel sites in South Africa (1997-2001)
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council of South Africa, P O Box 19070, Tygerberg, Cape Town 7505
    J Adolesc 27:429-40. 2004
    ..The study points to the need for AOD intervention programmes that target young people and the need for continued monitoring of adolescent AOD use in the future...
  10. doi request reprint Characterization of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders among individuals starting antiretroviral therapy in South Africa
    John A Joska
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    AIDS Behav 15:1197-203. 2011
    ..In a regression model, a lower level of education and male gender were predictive of HIV-D. These findings suggest that HAND are highly prevalent in primary care settings in South Africa where clade C HIV is predominant...
  11. ncbi request reprint Alcohol use in South Africa: findings from the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug use (SACENDU) Project
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Stud Alcohol 63:430-5. 2002
    ..To provide community-level public health surveillance on alcohol misuse in South Africa and the associated negative consequences...
  12. ncbi request reprint Cannabis and other drug use among trauma patients in three South African cities, 1999-2001
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg
    S Afr Med J 95:429-32. 2005
    ..To assess the extent of cannabis and other drug use among patients presenting with recent injuries at trauma units in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban from 1999 to 2001...
  13. doi request reprint Predictors of early first sexual intercourse among adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa
    Catherine Mathews
    Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa
    Health Educ Res 24:1-10. 2009
    ..These findings indicate some of the factors that influence young adolescent's transition to first intercourse and that need to be addressed when designing effective interventions...
  14. doi request reprint The burden of non-communicable diseases in South Africa
    Bongani M Mayosi
    Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    Lancet 374:934-47. 2009
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  15. ncbi request reprint Prevalence and correlates of partner violence among South African adolescents
    Alan J Flisher
    University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 48:619-27. 2007
    ..The objectives of this study were to document prevalence rates for partner violence among high school students in Cape Town, and to explore factors that are associated with such violence...
  16. pmc A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
    Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 5:25. 2010
    ..This prospective study investigated the association between life-long methamphetamine and other drug use and high school non-attendance, in a sample of high school students in Cape Town, South Africa...
  17. pmc Sexual health, HIV risk, and retention in an adolescent HIV-prevention trial preparatory cohort
    Heather B Jaspan
    Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Adolesc Health 49:42-6. 2011
    ..Although adolescents are at high risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, they have not been, included in HIV vaccine trials...
  18. ncbi request reprint The South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU): description, findings (1997-99) and policy implications
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    Addiction 97:969-76. 2002
    ....
  19. doi request reprint Poverty and common mental disorders in low and middle income countries: A systematic review
    Crick Lund
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    Soc Sci Med 71:517-28. 2010
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  20. pmc Traditional healers in the treatment of common mental disorders in South Africa
    Katherine Sorsdahl
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Nerv Ment Dis 197:434-41. 2009
    ..Alternative practitioners, including traditional healers and religious advisors, appear to play a notable role in the delivery of mental health care in South Africa...
  21. doi request reprint A model for community mental health services in South Africa
    Crick Lund
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    Trop Med Int Health 14:1040-7. 2009
    ..To provide a model to estimate human resource needs for community-based mental health services in South Africa...
  22. pmc Prevalence and correlates of substance use among South African primary care clinic patients
    Catherine L Ward
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    Subst Use Misuse 43:1395-410. 2008
    ..Because prevalence of substance use is high in this population, routine screening should be introduced in primary care clinics...
  23. doi request reprint Effectiveness of respondent-driven sampling to recruit high risk heterosexual men who have multiple female sexual partners: differences in HIV prevalence and sexual risk behaviours measured at two time points
    Loraine Townsend
    Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa
    AIDS Behav 14:1330-9. 2010
    ..Further BBSS among this population are needed before more reliable trends can be inferred...
  24. ncbi request reprint Adolescent HIV prevalence, sexual risk, and willingness to participate in HIV vaccine trials
    Heather B Jaspan
    Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Adolesc Health 39:642-8. 2006
    ..To determine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence, sexual risk behaviors, and attitudes toward HIV vaccine trials among 11-19 year-olds in a peri-urban community near Cape Town, South Africa...
  25. ncbi request reprint Norms for mental health services in South Africa
    Crick Lund
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, 46 Sawkins Road, 7700, Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 41:587-94. 2006
    ..This study set out to develop a set of service norms for the care of people with severe psychiatric conditions (SPC) in South Africa, to assist the implementation of the new policy...
  26. ncbi request reprint Brief report: Social and neighbourhood correlates of adolescent drunkenness: a pilot study in Cape Town, South Africa
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council of South Africa, PO Box 19070, 7505 Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Adolesc 27:369-74. 2004
    ..To identify social and neighbourhood correlates of drunkenness among adolescents...
  27. ncbi request reprint Substance use by adolescents in Cape Town: prevalence and correlates
    Alan J Flisher
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health of the University of Cape Town, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, and the Biostatistics Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Adolesc Health 32:58-65. 2003
    ..To document the prevalence rates for use of cigarettes, alcohol, and cannabis among high school students in Cape Town, and to investigate whether use of these substances is associated with a set of hypothesized psychosocial correlates...
  28. doi request reprint Surge in treatment admissions related to methamphetamine use in Cape Town, South Africa: implications for public health
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa
    Drug Alcohol Rev 27:185-9. 2008
    ..The purpose of this study is to describe the changing trends in treatment admissions for methamphetamine abuse in Cape Town, South Africa and to highlight the implications of these changes for policy, practice and research...
  29. ncbi request reprint Alcohol use in South Africa: findings from the first Demographic and Health Survey (1998)
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Stud Alcohol 66:91-7. 2005
    ....
  30. doi request reprint Traditional healer attitudes and beliefs regarding referral of the mentally ill to Western doctors in South Africa
    Katherine Sorsdahl
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    Transcult Psychiatry 47:591-609. 2010
    ..Recommendations include the need for traditional healers to be trained to identify potential cases of mental illness in their communities and for dialogue between traditional and allopathic physicians in regard to mental health care...
  31. doi request reprint Associations between alcohol misuse and risks for HIV infection among men who have multiple female sexual partners in Cape Town, South Africa
    Loraine Townsend
    Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    AIDS Care 22:1544-54. 2010
    ..HIV prevention interventions specifically targeting drinkers, the contexts in which problem drinking occurs and multiple sexual partnering are urgently needed...
  32. doi request reprint The quality of HIV testing services for adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa: do adolescent-friendly services make a difference?
    Catherine Mathews
    Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, and School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
    J Adolesc Health 44:188-90. 2009
    ..We found improved accessibility to HIV testing, but no impact on adolescent's experience of negative attitudes from health workers and confidentiality breaches...
  33. ncbi request reprint The association between psychopathology and substance use in young people: a review of the literature
    Amina Saban
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and Adolescent Health Research Unit, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Psychoactive Drugs 42:37-47. 2010
    ..The need for more longitudinal studies on community populations, and increased access to funds and resources for researchers in developing countries is highlighted...
  34. ncbi request reprint Heroin users in Cape Town, South Africa: injecting practices, HIV-related risk behaviors, and other health consequences
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa
    J Psychoactive Drugs 40:273-9. 2008
    ..While injecting use still appears to be fairly limited, this has the potential to change. Further debate is required regarding the introduction of harm reduction approaches that have been found to be effective elsewhere...
  35. pmc Mental illness and lost income among adult South Africans
    Crick Lund
    Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700, South Africa
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 48:845-51. 2013
    ..The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between mental disorder and lost income in the first nationally representative psychiatric epidemiology survey in South Africa...
  36. ncbi request reprint The assessment of need for mental health services
    John Joska
    Dept of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Valkenberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 40:529-39. 2005
    ..The association between prevalence, service use and unmet need requires review in order to establish whether there are trends and consistent findings...
  37. doi request reprint Handheld computers for survey and trial data collection in resource-poor settings: development and evaluation of PDACT, a Palm Pilot interviewing system
    Christopher J Seebregts
    Biomedical Informatics Research, e Health Research and Innovation Platform, Medical Research Council, South Africa
    Int J Med Inform 78:721-31. 2009
    ..healthware.org/pdact/index.htm) for the Palm Pilot handheld computer for interviewer-administered and respondent-administered data collection...
  38. ncbi request reprint Alcohol use and trauma in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa: 1999--2001
    Andreas Pluddemann
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa
    Inj Control Saf Promot 11:265-7. 2004
    ..To assess acute alcohol intoxication among patients presenting with recent injuries at trauma units in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban from 1999 to 2001...
  39. ncbi request reprint Estimating the burden of disease attributable to alcohol use in South Africa in 2000
    Michelle Schneider
    Burden of Disease Research Unit, Medical Research Council of South Africa, Cape Town
    S Afr Med J 97:664-72. 2007
    ..To make quantitative estimates of the burden of disease attributable to alcohol use by sex and age group in South Africa in 2000...
  40. ncbi request reprint The 3-metros study of drugs and crime in South Africa: findings and policy implications
    Charles D Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council, P O Box 19070, Tygerberg Cape Town, 7505, South Africa
    Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 30:167-85. 2004
    ....
  41. pmc Written parental consent in school-based HIV/AIDS prevention research
    Catherine Mathews
    Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
    Am J Public Health 95:1266-9. 2005
    ....
  42. ncbi request reprint Association between psychopathology and substance use among school-going adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa
    Amina Saban
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Psychoactive Drugs 42:467-76. 2010
    ..Roles for gender, age and ethnicity emerged in the associations, but further investigation is recommended to examine these...
  43. doi request reprint The relationship between substance use and delinquency among high-school students in Cape Town, South Africa
    Tara Carney
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, 7505 Cape Town, South Africa
    J Adolesc 36:447-55. 2013
    ..Smoking also significantly interacted with delinquent-type behaviour to increase future risk of this behaviour. The findings point to the need for intervening early with adolescents who show delinquent-type behaviour...
  44. ncbi request reprint Community/hospital indicators in South African public sector mental health services
    Crick Lund
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Ment Health Policy Econ 6:181-7. 2003
    ..These indicators are potentially useful for assessing the implementation of policy objectives over time...
  45. ncbi request reprint Epidemiological measurement of children's and adolescents' exposure to community violence: working with the current state of the science
    Rene Brandt
    Child, Youth and Family Development, Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
    Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev 8:327-42. 2005
    ..A key recommendation is for sounder conceptualization of work in the field and greater transparency in the reporting of research, in order to facilitate the comparability of studies...
  46. ncbi request reprint Measurement of risk and protective factors for drug use and anti-social behavior among high school students in South Africa
    Neo K Morojele
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Group, Medical Research Council, P O Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
    J Drug Educ 32:25-39. 2002
    ..The findings support use of the CTC Youth Survey, with slight revisions, among South African high school students...
  47. ncbi request reprint A systematic review of the relationship between high school dropout and substance use
    Loraine Townsend
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and Adolescent Health Research Institute, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa
    Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev 10:295-317. 2007
    ....
  48. doi request reprint Does highly active antiretroviral therapy improve neurocognitive function? A systematic review
    John A Joska
    Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    J Neurovirol 16:101-14. 2010
    ..Studies examining the long-term effects of HAART on HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HANDs) using uniform methods of data collection are needed, together with clear reporting of HAART regimens...
  49. ncbi request reprint Heroin treatment demand in South Africa: trends from two large metropolitan sites (January 1997-December 2003)
    Charles D H Parry
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
    Drug Alcohol Rev 24:419-23. 2005
    ....