Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1895--1901

The public perception of and attitude toward primary healthcare centers in comparison to other specialties among the Saudi community


Mai Abdulaziz Aldhamadi, Fayez Abdullah Alzahrani 
 Department of Family Medicine, King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam, Dammam, Eastern Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mai Abdulaziz Aldhamadi
Department of Family Medicine, King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam, Dammam, Eastern Province
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Objectives: The purpose of this study is to explore the community's perceptions and knowledge of and attitudes toward Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) and Primary Healthcare Providers (PHPs) and the PHCs' services in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and to discover some of the reasons behind not attending the PHCs as the first choice to address a medical issue. Methods: A cross-sectional study was done in Dammam and Al-Khobar cities, Saudi Arabia. 382 Saudi subjects were surveyed. Data was collected via a digital mobile-based survey and entered by the data collectors. SPSS version 25 was used to analyze the data. Results: Only 54% of the study population agreed to attend the PHCs as their first choice to address a medical issue. 72.3% of the respondents deemed the Emergency Department (ED) as a more important healthcare provider than a PHC. Conclusion: Acceptable perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes about PHCs and its services were noticed among the Saudi community in general. Public awareness campaigns are recommended to optimize full utilization of the PHCs' services.


How to cite this article:
Aldhamadi MA, Alzahrani FA. The public perception of and attitude toward primary healthcare centers in comparison to other specialties among the Saudi community.J Family Med Prim Care 2019;8:1895-1901


How to cite this URL:
Aldhamadi MA, Alzahrani FA. The public perception of and attitude toward primary healthcare centers in comparison to other specialties among the Saudi community. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Jun 16 ];8:1895-1901
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