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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 32-40

Utilization of laboratory investigations: Study of knowledge, attitude and practice among primary care physicians


1 Primary Health Care Center, Madian AI-Fated, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family & Community Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Nabil Y Kurashi
College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, P.O. Box 2114, Dammam
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 23008553

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Objectives.- The aim of the study was to assess the physicians' knowledge, attitude and practice towards laboratory services in the primary health care (PHC) centers at Al-Khobar area. Methodology : Five primary health care centers were selected out of 9 (56%) from the Al-Khobar area. Twenty physicians (33%), in these primary health care centers were included. A questionnaire was given to all physicians to explore the knowledge, attitude and practice. Results: All physicians considered laboratory investigations an essential service that contributed to the management of their patients most of the time. Knowledge and practice of most (80% of them) regarding laboratory investigations was between fair to good but the attitude of 80% of them was poor since postgraduation experience was the only factor which influenced their practice. Conclusions: There has been an increase in number of Saudi physicians working in the Primary Health Care Centers. The quality of the current laboratory services was deficient according to 30% of physicians. They considered that investigations were essential for primary health care centers. And finally the utilization of laboratory tests in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was higher than many developing countries.


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