Health promotion, disease prevention and periodic health checks: perceptions and practice among family physicians in eastern Mediterranean region

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Title: Health promotion, disease prevention and periodic health checks: perceptions and practice among family physicians in eastern Mediterranean region
Authors: Qidwai, W
Nanji, K
Khoja, TAM
Rawaf, S
Alnasir, F
Al Shafaee, MA
Bashir, M
Saad, NES
Alkaisi, S
Halasa, W
Al-Duwaisan, H
Al-Ali, A
Farahat, TA
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study was to identify the current practices and perceptions of family physicians regarding health promotion, disease prevention including periodic screening and health checks in Eastern Mediterranean Region. Methods: A multi-country cross-sectional study was conducted in six countries of EMR, from September 2014 to March 2015. Family Physicians who were currently practicing in different countries of EMR were invited to participate in the study through email. A pre-tested structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Data was entered and analyzed on SPSS 19 and logistic regression analysis was performed. Results: A total of 100 physicians data was included in the final analysis. The majority were female physicians (76%): 63% were 25 to 35 years of age. Approximately 53% of Family physicians always recommend periodic screening and health checks to their patients. The common screening question asked to patients in medical history was related to their blood pressure (86%). Almost all (99%) of the Family physicians believe they should conduct periodic health checks. Those who had postgraduate training in Family Medicine (OR: 0.5; 95% CI: 0.39-1.67) and attended CME sessions regularly (OR: 0.11; 95% CI: 0.01-0.93), are more likely to recommend periodic screening and health checks to their patients. Conclusion: Periodic screening and health check is an important strategy to prevent disease and maintain health. It is an underutilized practice and a great need exists for its implementation in family practice.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2015
Date of Acceptance: 1-May-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/25900
ISSN: 1839-0188
Publisher: medi+WORLD International
Start Page: 44
End Page: 51
Journal / Book Title: Middle East Journal Of Family Medicine
Volume: 13
Issue: 5
Copyright Statement: © medi+WORLD International 2015
Keywords: Periodic Screening
Health Screening
Health Check
Physical Examination
Health Assessment
Family Physicians
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine
Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care



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