COPD care in Saudi Arabia: physicians' awareness and knowledge of guidelines and barriers to implementation

Mohammed Alsubaiei, Peter Frith, Paul Cafarella, Steve Quinn, Mohamed Al-Moamary, Ronald McEvoy, Tanja Effing-Tijdhof

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE : To assess Saudi physicians' awareness and knowledge about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) guideline recommendations. METHODS : Cross-sectional study including physicians involved in COPD care in five hospitals in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The level of physicians' knowledge was considered as satisfactory (score ≥ 80%), fair (score 50-80%) or poor (<50% of total score). RESULTS : Among the 44 physicians included in the study, the mean ± standard deviation knowledge score was 29.5 ± 4.2 out of 45 points (65.5%). Most physicians appeared to be unaware of any COPD guidelines (n = 27, 61.4%), and reported not adhering to guidelines (n = 28, 63.6%). CONCLUSION: Saudi physicians' knowledge about Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines was assessed as fair. It is therefore highly recommended to increase physicians' awareness and knowledge about COPD-related guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592-595
Number of pages4
JournalInt J Tuberc Lung Dis (online) International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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