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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-84

Perception and barriers to the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of depression in primary healthcare centers and family medicine clinics in Saudi Arabia

Department of Psychiatry and SABIC Psychological Health Research and Applications Chair, College of Medicine, King Saud University Medical City, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Ahmad N AlHadi
Department of Psychiatry, SABIC Psychological Health Research and Applications Chair, College of Medicine, King Saud University Medical City, King Saud University, P.O. Box: 7805(55), Riyadh 11472
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfcm.JFCM_494_20

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BACKGROUND: General practitioners (GPs) and family medicine physicians (FMPs) have a vital role to play in co-ordinating the care for mental disorders. The objective of this study was to determine the perception of GPs and FMPs on the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression in Saudi Arabia, and the barriers against the implementation of CBT in such settings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All physicians working in Primary Healthcare Centers and Family Medicine Clinics in Saudi Arabia were targeted and invited to participate in this cross-sectional study. A self-administered online questionnaire was sent via E-mail through the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and the Saudi Society of Family and Community Medicine. Data was collected using an existing validated questionnaire and was modified to fit the objectives of current study. RESULTS: A total of 469 FMPs and GPs completed the survey; the mean age of respondents was 38 years. More than half of the FMPs' and GPs' (53%) showed a positive perception of the use of CBT in primary healthcare settings. Most participants (91.9%) were willing to use CBT if they had adequate education and training. More than half of the participants (59.5%) thought it was time-consuming, while 39% thought that CBT training was a very time-intensive process. CONCLUSION: We conclude that more than half of the physicians clearly had a good perception of the effectiveness of CBT administration in primary healthcare settings. Younger physicians were more perceptive. The most agreed-on barrier to CBT implementation was the lack of training and education.

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