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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1544-1549

Perception toward the family medicine services among the Physicians of Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh City, 2018: Cross-sectional study

1 Medical Intern, Almaarefa University, Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia
2 Consultant Family Medicine and EBM, Al-Wzarat Health Center, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia
3 Consultant Occupational Medicine, Head Research Unit, Family and Community Medicine Department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ayman A. M Afifi
Consultant Family Medicine and EBM, Al-Wzarat Health Center, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh City, 21577
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1131_19

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Background: Family medicine is the medical specialty that continuously provides comprehensive type of health care for individuals and families. Although the family physician role is essential, this specialty faces underestimation by other physicians of other specialties, thus resulting in a considerable gap in their cooperation and coordination, as some studies around the world had shown. The present study aimed to estimate the perception of other physicians toward the practice of family medicine physicians to improve the relationship between family physicians and other physicians, which in turn may lead to enhance healthcare system by high quality of work and higher efficiency. Objective of the Study: To estimate the perception among the physicians of Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh City by measuring the satisfaction toward the family medicine medical practices. Subjects and Methods: Through a cross-sectional design, the study had recruited 289 physicians who were actively practicing and working at Prince Sultan Military Medical City and fulfill the inclusion and exclusion criteria during the period from October 2018 until June 2019. Data collection carried out by questionnaire designed and revised by an expert panel of health professionals. An appropriate statistical test, such as the Chi-square test, was used to record the statistical significance between participants' answers and their demographic characteristics. Results: According to the study design, 289 patients were included in the study; the mean age was 42 years that ranged between 25 and 74 years. Two-Third of them (66%) were male and had Saudi nationality. Half of the participants are medical consultant, and a third of all participants worked under the department of internal medicine. The majority expressed their good perception with the family physician practice (91%). Most of the medical departments satisfied with statistically significant (P value < 0.05) with the need for family medicine services. There was less satisfaction from physicians in different departments with effective communication between family medicine services and other departments but didn't reach up to significant statistical level. Higher qualified physicians with high-rank job categories were less satisfied with the performance of family medicine services. Conclusion: Among other physicians in different departments, family medicine physicians have a good perception, and most of the physicians agreed that family medicine physicians should work more in their referral letters to improve their communication between them and other departments.

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