Knowledge of Common Dermatological Disorders among Primary Health Care Physicians in Jeddah, KSA

Dr. Ahmad Abdullah Alkatheri

Joint Program Family & Community Medicine, Jeddah – 2014

Background:

Despite it is true that skin disease is rarely life threatening, its moderate morbidity rate multiplied by its high prevalence rate places skin disease among the top four chronic disease groups when entire communities are considered.[1]

Objectives:

To assess the knowledge regarding common dermatological disorders among  Primary Health Care Physicians (PHCPs) in Jeddah, KSA in 2014, and to determine the association between such knowledge with their demographic / personal characteristics and with other possible relevant factors.

Subjects and methods:

A cross-sectional study was conducted including physicians working in the Ministry of Health (MOH) Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) in Jeddah city. A self-administrated questionnaire was used. It included three parts: the 1st  part was to obtain information on demographic and personal characteristics of the participants; the 2nd  part included four questions about possible relevant factors that may affect their level of knowledge, and third part consisted of 21 questions to assess their knowledge regarding common dermatological disorders.

Results:

The study included 212 PHCPs out  of 233 who had been invited to participate in the study, giving a response rate of 91.4%. About  94% of the participants did not have sufficient  knowledge on the common dermatological disorders.

The study didn’t show any statistically significant association  between the dermatological knowledge score of the physicians, neither between their demographic / personal  characteristics, nor between other factors such as the attendance of Dermatology educational activities, or their opinion regarding that PHCPs can play important role in the management of common skin disorders, or to their felt degree of competence to manage patients with common dermatological problems.

Conclusion:

The knowledge of PHCPs in Jeddah, KSA, in 2014 regarding common dermatological disorders was insufficient, implicating the need to improve such knowledge among them

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