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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 145-151

Difficulties faced by family physicians in primary health care centers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


1 Department of Clinical Laboratories, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Clinical Laboratories, Faculty of Economics and Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Sahar H Mumenah
Department of Clinical Laboratories, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, P.O. Box: 80215, Jeddah 21589
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8229.163027

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Aim: The aim was to determine the difficulties faced by family physicians, and compare how satisfied those working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) are with their counterparts who work at some selected non-MOH hospitals. Methods: An analytical, cross-sectional study was conducted at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH and RC), and 40 MOH primary health care centers across Jeddah. A structured multi-item questionnaire was used to collect demographic data and information on the difficulties family physicians face. The physicians' level of satisfaction and how it was affected by the difficulties was assessed. Results: Women constituted 71.9% of the sample. Problems with transportation formed one of the main difficulties encountered by physicians. Compared to non-MOH physician, a significantly higher proportion of MOH physicians reported unavailability of radiology technicians (P = 0.011) and radiologists (P < 0.001), absence of the internet and computer access (P < 0.001), unavailability of laboratory services (P = 0.004), reagents (P = 0.001), X-ray equipment (P = 0.027), ultrasound equipment (P < 0.001), an electronic medical records system (P < 0.001), insufficient laboratory tests (P = 0.0001), and poor building maintenance (P < 0.001). Family physicians with the MOH were less satisfied with their jobs compared with non-MOH physicians (P = 0.032). Conclusion: MOH family physicians encountered difficulties relating to staff, services, and infrastructure, which consequently affected their level of satisfaction.


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