To document the pattern of knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary health care center doctors about geriatrics.
A cross-sectional, knowledge, attitudes and practice study carried out on a sample of primary health care center doctors.
The primary health care centers in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia.
Sixty-three doctors (75% of the total) were requested to complete a self-administered questionnaire.
Demographic and professional information were collected, in addition to responses to 29 geriatrics'knowledge, 24 attitudes, and 12 practice questions.
A cut-off point of 60.0% of correct responses was considered as satisfactory.
The questionnaire reliability was 51.5%. Results : Doctors who had satisfactory overall geriatric knowledge, attitudes and practice amounted to 73.0%, 92.1% and 22.2%, respectively.
Satisfactory attitudes towards home visits for the geriatrics'care was shown by 65.1% of doctors.
Less than half the doctors had satisfactory practices regarding performance of screening tests for the elderly, performance of patients'social assessment, and involvement in treatment of common diseases of the elderly.
There are significant weaknesses in the area of geriatric care by primary health care doctors in Saudi Arabia which call for conduction of geriatric care training programs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin santé primaire, Connaissance, Conduite à tenir, Gériatrie, Vieillard, Homme, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Médecin, Arabie Saoudite, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Primary health care, Knowledge, Clinical management, Geriatrics, Elderly, Human, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Physician, Saudi Arabia, Asia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0014825
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 21/05/1997.