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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-39

Assessment of the knowledge of primary health care staff about primary health care


Department of Family & Community Medicine, College of Medicine & Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

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Ahmed G Elzubier
P.O. Box 40187, AIKhobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 23012208

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The orientation about Primary Health Care among staff working in the PHC centers was assessed. Staff members numbering 909 were studied. The main criteria for judging orientation were a working knowledge of the definition and elements of PHC in addition to knowledge of the meaning of the word Alma Ata. Differences of this knowledge depending on sex, age, spoken language, type of job, postgraduate experience, previous experience in PHC and previous training in PHC were assessed. The main findings of the study were that the correct definition of PHC was known by only 51.4%, functions of PHC by 62.6%, and what Alma Ata, means in terms of PHC was known by 76.2% of the staff. This knowledge was significantly better in females than males, non-Arabic speaking staff than those who spoke Arabic, General practitioners and nurses than other staff; it was better in those staff who had long postgraduate experience, previous experience or previous training in PHC. In conclusion, the study reveals the current status of awareness of PHC staff of the implications of simple concepts of PHC and points to the importance of the orientation of staff towards these concepts in order to help them practice PHC effectively.


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