Dr Sapna Shridhar Patil
- School of Medicine
Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences
- 03 56295094
I am Dr.Sapna Shridhar Patil from Mumbai, India. I am presently working as a Senior Lecturer in the department of Public health,School of Medicine,Taylor’s University,Malaysia. I completed my MBBS and M.D. in Public health from T.N.Medical College and B.Y.L.Nair charitable hospital, Mumbai. I have 12 years of academic experience in India and Malaysia.
My research interests include medical education,maternal and child health, statistical analysis,nutritional assessment and health
- Doctor of Medicine, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI, India
- Doctor of Medicine, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI, India
- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI, India
- Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, Life member, Since 2014 (National)
(Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Month/Year)
- Community Medicine, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (01/2018)
- Public health,Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (11/2017)
(Title of publication in APA style)
- Jena S.K.,Uthakalla V.K.,Sukla P., Patil S.S.(2012). An interventional study on knowledge,attitude and practice regarding oral rehydration therapy among mothers of under five children in an urban slum of Rajahmundry,AP,Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development.3(3),196-199. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Jena S.K.,Uthakalla V.K., Patil S.S.(2012). Adolescent Girls and Reproductive Health: An
Interventional Study in a Slum of Vijayawada, AP,Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development.July-Sept,3(3),200-204. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Dr. Hasamnis Ameya, Dr. Arun Kumar, Dr. Patil Sapna.(2011). Vagaries of P,International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research.6(2),1-2. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Ameya A. Hasamnis, Sapna S Patil, Arun Kumar, Kyaw Thu, Basanta K Mohanty. (2011).Preferences of Medical Students Regarding Physical Characteristics of Oral Solid Dosage Formulations in Malaysia,Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics .2(2),119-20. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- A.A. Hasamnis, S.S. Patil, K.A. Narayan, Abdul Rashid Khan, B.K.Mohanty.(2010). Pattern of drug utilization in rural Malaysia, Annals of African Medicine.9(2),106-107. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Patil Sapna S, Hasamnis Ameya A, Jena SK, Rashid AK, Narayan KA. (2010).Low awareness of Osteoporosis among women attending an Urban Health Centre in Mumbai, Western India,Malaysia Journal of Public Health Medicine. 10 (1),6-13. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Sapna S Patil, Abdul Rashid K, KA Narayan.(2010).Unmet needs for contraception in married women in a tribal area of India, Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine.10(2), 44-51. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Hasamnis AA, Patil SS, Mohanty BK, Thu K, Kumar A.(2010) Attitude of doctors towards physical characteristics of solid oral dosage forms. J Pharm Bioall Sci. 2,151. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Mohanty BK, Aswini M, Hasamnis AA, Patil SS, Murty KSN, Jena SK. (2010).Prescription pattern in the Department of Medicine in a tertiary care hospital in South India, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] Feb.(4),2047-2051. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Patil SS, Hasamnis AA, Narayan KA, Rashid AK, Mohanty BK. (2010).A household drug utilization survey among diabetics in rural Malaysia, Int J Diab Dev Ctries.30(4),231-232. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- A.A. Hasamnis, S.S. Patil, K.A. Narayan, Rashid AK, B.K.Mohanty.(2010). Drug utilization study for acute illnesses in village Banggol, Malaysia: The findings of a household survey, Al Ameen J Med Sci. 3(2):165-168.
- A.K. Rashid, S.S. Patil & A.S. Valimalar.(2010)The Practice of Female Genital Mutilation among the rural Malays In North Malaysia,The Internet Journal of Third World Medicine. 9( 1).1-8.
- A Rashid K, Sapna SP. (2010).Teaching public health: seminar or lecture? South East Asian Journal of Medical Education, South‐East Asian Journal of Medical Education.4(1),25-33.
- Hasamnis AA, Mohanty BK, Muralikrishna, Patil S.(2010). Evaluation of wound healing effect of topical phenytoin on excisional wound in albino rats,Journal of Young Pharmacists.2(1),59-62. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Hasamnis,A and Patil S.(2010).A Prescription Pattern Study of Antihypertensive Drugs in an Indian Referral Hospital, International Journal of Pharmagenesis. 1(2),285-86.
- Hasamnis & S. Patil (2009). Prescription pattern study in type 2 diabetes mellitus in an Indian referral hospital. The Internet Journal of Pharmacology.7( 1).
- Patil Sapna S, Hasamnis Ameya A, Pathare Rooma S, Parmar Aarti, Rashid AK, Narayan KA.(2009) Prevalence of Exclusive Breast Feeding and its Correlates in an urban slum in Western India, IeJSME. 3(2),14-18.
- P. Sapna, H. Ameya, S. Sinha & S. Jena.(2009).Drought (2009): A Public Health Challenge in India,The Internet Journal of Third World Medicine.9(1),1-3.
- K.M.Padmavathy, Sapna Patil, S.P.Pani.(2009) Unraveling the secrets of high performance to help low performers,South East Asian Journal of Medical Education.3 (1),65-66.
- A.Rashid Khan, S.P.Sapna, K.A.Narayan.(2009) Teaching Racial Understanding to medical students,South East Asian Journal of Medical Education. 3(2),35-44.
- Obesity is a major risk factor for various non-communicable diseases. The prevalence of
obesity is on the rise, especially in younger populations. Improper eating patterns coupled with lack
of physical activity have largely contributed to this problem. Medical students are exposed to social,
cultural and study related stress during their course period. These factors influence their patterns of
eating and physical activity. A cross sectional study was conducted among medical students of
Taylors’ University to study their nutrition habits and exercise pattern. A total of 159 medical
students participated in the study. It was found that 69.8% of students had normal BMI, 14.5% of
students were underweight and 15.7% students were overweight or obese. It was observed that the
prevalence of obesity was more in male students as compared to female students. Out of 159
students, 15.7% of students skipped breakfast. The major food items in the diet was a combination of
rice, egg, meat and vegetables. It was also noted that 42.1 % of the students consumed soda drink at
least once a week. Majority of our students were involved in intentional physical activity of some
kind and they were aware about the importance of both good nutrition and physical activity in
maintaining good health. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Whole grain consumption is associated with several health benefits. Little is known however, about whole grain consumption patterns in medical students in Malaysia. The objective of this study was to assess whole grain intake pattern and its determinants amongst Malaysian medical students. A cross sectional study investigating whole grain intake amongst 151 medical students in a private medical University in Malaysia was conducted. A self-administered questionnaire was used to assess socio demographic variables, the whole grain intake pattern and the knowledge and attitudes towards whole grain intake. The prevalence of reported whole grain intake in the past 3 months was 51%.Chinese ethnicity, readiness to adhere to Malaysian food pyramid and self-preparation of food and eating at home were significantly associated with whole grain consumption. However, the primary determinants of food choice like education, knowledge and affordability did not seem to influence whole grain consumption. Whole grain consumption is relatively low amongst Malaysian medical students. Cultural background and self-belief influence this practice despite being from the medical fraternity. Efforts are needed to bridge the knowledge – practice gap by assessing the barriers to whole grain consumption in order to design effective initiatives to promote an increase in whole grain consumption. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
- Of late, universal access to health-care has been widely discussed and examined, but prevention is
indisputably better than cure where health is concerned.Lifestyle choices have a significant impact on our susceptibility to chronic diseases such as heart and lung disease, cancer and diabetes.
These so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - also known as lifestyle diseases - are responsible for nearly 70% of deaths globally. Ischaemic heart disease tops the cause of deaths worldwide, followed by stroke while chronic obstructive airways disease (a smoking-related chronic lung disease), lung cancer and diabetes are the fourth, fifth and sixth biggest killers respectively.
Data from the Department of Statistics and Health Ministry show that the leading cause of death in Malaysia in 2016 was ischaemic heart disease (13.2%). Other NCDs such as stroke, diabetes, lung cancer and chronic obstructive airways rank among the top 10 causes of death in this country. Besides the millions of preventable and premature deaths from NCDs, the economic burden of managing these diseases and their complications is huge and remains a pressing issue globally. Changes in lifestyle, socio-demographic and economic transition, improved affordability, ease of trade and travel, and urban hunger have contributed significantly to the emergence of NCDs as the leading cause of deaths globally, including in Malaysia.High blood sugar, raised blood pressure, high level of cholesterol, obesity and physical inactivity have been recognised as the most
prevalent (common) risk factors for NCDs which, if recognised and managed efficiently, can help reduce the burden of the diseases. Consumption of an unhealthy diet comprising few fruits and vegetables, high salt and trans-fats,physical inactivity, tobacco use, and harmful alcohol use are the common "behaviourally modifiable" risk factors of NCDs. Prevention of NCDs requires management of the "risk factors" right from the early years of life. The health and social needs of populations should be considered at all stages of the life course, starting from preconception right to adulthood. This needs to be supported by facilities for early detection and treatment of the diagnosed conditions.Individuals with risk factors who do not have any symptoms must be able to access these healthcare services too.Dealing with chronic NCDs remains a constant challenge for healthcare providers all over the world. Diseases such as diabetes and heart problems are complex to manage and require concerted efforts by the individual as well as the healthcare system.
Prevention of complications of these diseases significantly reduces mortality and aids in improving the
quality of life of the person. As adults, we must lead by example and start encouraging our children to adopt healthy eating habits at home and school, together with being physically active to preventing these lifestyle diseases.
- Proposed soda tax raises concerns
- SENIOR citizens will soon outnumber
young people. Globally, the ageing population
is growing at an unprecedented
rate, thanks largely to better healthcare
and a falling birth rate.
The phenomenon is most significant in
places such as Japan, Singapore, the United
States and across Europe, according to the
World Health Organisation (WHO).
Malaysia is heading in the same direction.
Our country will become an ageing nation by
2035 when up to 15% of the total population
falls under the "senior citizens" category.
According to Women, Family and Community
Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani
Abdul Karim, up to 5.6 million Malaysians will
be aged 60 and above by 2035.
At the Dewan Rakyat last year, Rohani said
her ministry had taken measures to prepare for
the challenges of an ageing nation by ensuring
that there are adequate healthcare services.
That would include proper infrastructure for
The growing number of older people can
be attributed to a longer life expectancy. The
average Malaysian now lives 12 to 17years more
after retirement. The official retirement age is
at work, says Dr Sapna.
Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society
adviser Prof Nathan Vytialingam says
citizens who remain healthy as they
age can help the government to cut
healthcare expenditure significantly
"We can choose to age healthily. It
begins by having a healthy child who
then becomes a healthy teenager, adult
and subsequently when he reaches old
age," he says.
preferences of older people
Healthcare for senior citizens will
continue to gain importance. The United
Nations estimates that Malaysia's older
population wil: reach 9.7 million by
While the government has a duty to
ensure :he citizenry has access to good
healthcare, it is also up to the individual
to practise a healthy Lifestyle. But, says
Sapna, many people continue to neglect
their personal health.
preparing for an ageing nation
In Less than 20 years, more than 15% of
Malaysians will be aged 60 and above.
The Malaysian Ageing Research Institute
has identified issues and formulated
strategies to prepare the nation to deal
with a high population of senior citizens.
Apart from health issues, an aged
nation will have an impact on the
economy as well. Will the Malaysian
economy continue to thrive or will it
be bogged down by a large number of
people who are no longer able to offer a
Australian newspaper The Age, in its report The economics of an
ageing population says it will nave an impact
on the national savings as an increase
in the number of elde'.y leads to an
increase :n the numbers who draw down
Besides, there would be a significant
increase in social security and health
programmes fo" the elderly
If the nation looks at the impact
of an ageing population on the
workforce which affects tne employees'
productivity, then it would make more
sense for the employe's to look into the
comprehensive plan of healthy lifestyle
at work, says Dr Sapna.
- Whole grain consumption and its determinants in Malaysian medical students., 3rd International Conference on Public Health 2017, 27/07/2017 to 29/07/2017, The International Institute of Knowledge Management (International)
- A community based study to assess the morbidity profile and health seeking behaviour of the elderly in the field practice area of an Urban health training centre in Mumbai, India., 7th Malaysian Conference on Healthy Ageing, 02/04/2014 to 05/04/2014, Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (National)
(Name of Award/Stewardship),(Award Category),(Awarding Institution),(Year Awarded),(Type of Award)
- Taylor s University 2nd Place Most Active Module, 2017, Education, Taylor's University, 2018 (Module coordinator)
- TImeS Top 3 most active module (School level), Education, Taylor's University, 2017 (Module coordinator)
- TImeS Top 3 Most Active Module 2015, Education, Taylor's University, 2016 (Module Coordinator)
- Pemenang Hadiah Artikel Terbaik MJPHM 2010, Competition, The Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association, 2011 (Beat article of the year 2010)
(Course Title),(Course Mode),(Date/Duration),(Level)
- Taylor's 10th Teaching & Learning Conference, Research, 30/09/2017 to 01/10/2017 (University)
- HPV&HPV vac.inH&N cancer and Getting IN&OUT OF CRANIUM P,P&F(SoM only), Research, 14/06/2017 to 14/06/2017
- Like Me, Share Me, Play Me, Research, 30/05/2017 to 30/05/2017
- Abdominalpregnancy,Chemocervicalcancer,OSCErating&Standardsetting (SoM only), Research, 17/05/2017 to 17/05/2017
- Case Based Learning : A Problem Based Approach, Research, 28/04/2017 to 28/04/2017
- Using Online Quiz and Gradebook for Effective Assessment, Research, 24/04/2017 to 24/04/2017
- Immunology & Nobel Prize Crispr In Research (SoM only), Research, 19/04/2017 to 19/04/2017
- Taylor's Teaching & Learning Festival 2017 (Day 2), Research, 22/03/2017 to 22/03/2017
- Head Injury Approach to D&M & Radiology in Head Injury (SoM only), Research, 17/03/2017 to 17/03/2017