Knowledge and Satisfaction about Saudi Clinical Guideline in Management of Obesity among Bariatric Surgeons of Saudi Arabia

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s