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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-31

Quality of health education posters in primary health care centers in Al-Khobar town, Eastern province

Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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Latifa S Al-Sowielem
Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, P.O. Box 2714, Dammam 31461
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23008635

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Background: Health Education (HE) is vital to each of the seven other central ele­ments of Public Health Care (PHC). HE must be carefully planned and implemented. A crucial part of HE is planning, production and placement of effective HE posters. Objective: Assess the quality of health education posters in Al-Khobar PHC centers. Methods: A cross-sectional study of a sample of 138 HE posters in three PHC centers in Al-Khobar was conducted. The quality of posters in relation to set criteria was measured using a data sheet and scoring system developed by the investigator. Results: The health education subjects displayed were among the common health problems in Saudi Arabia in 134 (97.1 %) of the posters.More than one-third (34.8%) had been displayed for more than one year. In 74 (53.6%) of the posters, the source of scientific information was unknown. The assessment showed that 109 (79%) posters were of optimal quality. Conclusion: The study showed that the health education posters in PHC centers in Al-Khobar were relatively satisfactory, though they did not fulfill some of the required criteria. Health education posters should be included in the assessment of health education programs in primary health care centers.

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