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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-44

Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to Diarrhoea in eastern province, Saudi Arabia


1 Department of Family & Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

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Hassan Bella
College of Medicine, P O. Box 21 14, Dammam
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 23008534

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Community knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices are essential in any diarrhoea research. This cross-sectional study addresses these questions ill a semi-urban community in the Eastern Province q` Saudi Arabia. The study included 344 subjects and 276 controls v/' all age groups. Most people had reasonable knowledge q/' diarrhoea. Mothers o/' children with diarrhoea continued to fired them during the attack. However, some community practices were found to be harmful. The majority of diarrhoea cases neither sought medical attention, nor used oral rehydration salts (ORS) at home. Instead, they resorted to faulty self-medication. Overall use of ORS was 53%; much less than expected. Education of health personnel on ORS might improve its use. It was found that the community needs to be educated on the benefits of hand washing before meals and after changing soiled diapers, washing of eggs and the use of boiled water for the preparation of infant preparing feeds.


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