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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.
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Keywords: Saudi Arabia; awareness; barriers; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; knowledge; physicians

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Adelaide, South Australia, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia 2: Department of Statistics, Data Science and Epidemiology, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3: Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia 4: School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Sleep Health Service, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Publication date: May 1, 2017

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