Dr. Shahd Abdullah Alshaikhi
Joint Program Family & Community Medicine, Jeddah – 2014
Background: Overweight and obesity represent a rapidly growing pandemic of public health problems. In Saudi Arabia, the prevalence of obesity at 2013 was 28.7%. Physician adherence to practice guideline is critical to improve health outcomes.
Objectives: To assess knowledge about Saudi clinical guideline in management of obesity among bariatric surgeons in Saudi Arabia, 2014 and to determine their satisfaction about this guideline.
Material and Methods: Study conducted on 29 physicians male and female; Saudi and non Saudi ; working in Public and Private centers of bariatric surgery; from different regions in Saudi Arabia and registered in SASMBS at time of the study. Questionnaires was filled by physicians to assess their knowledge and satisfaction about Saudi clinical guideline in management of obesity.
Results: Less than one third of the participants (31.0% ) gave correct answers for all questions reflecting their knowledge about Saudi clinical guidelines for management of obesity. Moreover, less than one half of them (41.4%) were satisfied about this guideline. The main source of information was the meetings held by the Saudi Arabian Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SASMBS), followed by colleagues, websites and Saudi obesity journal.
Conclusion: The findings of this study indicate a low level of knowledge and satisfaction about Saudi clinical guideline in management of obesity among bariatric surgeons.