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Open Access Counseling strategies for nutritional anemia by family physicians in Saudi Arabia, 2016: Implication for training

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Context: Prevalence of nutritional anemia among Saudi female and children is evident and has been reflected in different studies, most of researchers conclude that there is a gap in dietary counseling in addition to the poor awareness of community about appropriate dietary habits; this study is trying to assess counseling behavior and training competency of family physician at primary health centers with respect to nutritional anemia.

Objective: Study objective is to assess general beliefs, practice, and level of training in counseling by family physician.

Methodology: This is a cross-sectional study design; data collected using self-administered questionnaire provided to the doctor at clinic site.

Results: The most commonly learned counseling technique in order as follows motivational interviewing (68%), cognitive behavioral therapy (58%), and 15-Minute Hour approach (53%).

Conclusion: This study confirms the presence of positive counseling beliefs and practices by family physicians; however, the result is also reflects the current reluctant state of family physicians in devoting ample time for nutritional anemia counseling.
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Keywords: Counseling; beliefs; dietary habits; nutritional anemia

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2017

This article was made available online on 26 September 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Counseling strategies for nutritional anemia by family physicians in Saudi Arabia, 2016: Implication for training".

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript http://www.compuscript.com on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press http://www.chinagp.net.

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