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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 37-44

Attitude, practice and needs for continuing medical education among primary health care doctors in Asir region

1 Directorate General of Hospitals Administration, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Health Science College for Boys, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdullah I Alsharif
The Director General of Hospitals Administration, Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 56371, Riyadh 11554
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23008649

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Objectives: Assess the attitude and practice of Primary Health Care (PHC) physi­cians in Aseer region, their educational needs and recommendations to establish a continuing medical education program (CMEP) to address these needs. Methods: This study was carried out during the first half of 1999 in Aseer region, Saudi Arabia. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to all PHC physi­cians in Aseer region. The questionnaire explored socio-demographic charac­teristics, scientific background, the attitude towards CME, the current method for medical updating, the barriers to CME, and the topics requested for a future CMEP. Results : There were a total of 383 PHC physicians in Aseer region, 86% of whom responded to this questionnaire. Of these 76.1% were Arabs, 91.2% were married, 26.3% had post-graduate qualifications and 68.6% had had no experience in the PHC field prior to arriving in Saudi Arabia. Most respondents showed a positive attitude toward CME. Nearly two-thirds (64.4%) had adequate time for CME, 86.7% allocated time for CME, and 64.4% were ready to participate as tutors in CMEP. Suggestions were given by 49.6% for establishing a CMEP in the region. The most popular methods practiced for CME were reading medical journals (79.8%) and medical textbooks (53.8%), and attending training courses (39.6%). The medical subjects that were identified as needed were emergency medi­cine (24.5%), pediatrics (20.8%), internal medicine (20%), and obstetrics/ gynecology (18.7%). However, 75.2% also indicated that computer literacy was a practice requirement, 57.7 and 54.1% thought designing diabetes and hypertension management programs were vital, and 41.7% said learning how to design a PHCC action plan was essential. Conclusion: PHC physicians in Aseer region had a positive attitude towards selec­tive CMEP. They needed CMEP but felt its content should be in line with their practice needs.

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