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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 57-63

Knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of primary health care physicians and nurses towards hypertension: A study from Dammam, Saudi Arabia


1 Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of lnternal Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdalla M Mangoud
P.O. Box 40107, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 23008556

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Objective : To evaluate the quality of management of hypertensive patients attending Primary Health Care Center (PHC) in Dammam city and to determine factors that possibly affect it. Design : A cross sectional study and direct interview. Setting : Dammam city. Subjects: All doctors and nurses from a randomly selected sample of Primary Health Care Centers during April 1994. Main measures : Measuring the knowledge, attitude and practice of doctors and nurses about hypertension management. Results : Hypertension is regarded as an important health problem in Saudi Arabia in the opinion of majority of doctors (80'0) and nurses (69%). Almost half of the doctors and nurses believe that nurses are sufficiently qualified to measure blood pressure of patients. Most of the doctors (96.7%) and nurses (86%) depend merely on face-to-face education of patients Thirty percent of doctors and 34% of nurses think that the care for hypertensive patients in their Primary Health Care Centers is inadequate. Conclusions and recommendations: Offering on job training of both physicians and nurses on hypertension management. Producing a well planned protocol on the national level. Implementing a total quality management and medical audit system to PHC centers.


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