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