Primary health care physician's awareness of substance abuse and abuse behavior.
To assess knowledge and attitude of Primary Health Care (PHC) physicians about commonly abused drugs in the community and to assess their ability to detect abuse and abuse behavior.
Cross-sectional descriptive study.
Twenty-five PHC centers in Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia.
One hundred and forty physicians from randomly selected PHC Centers.
These physicians participated by filling out a self administered questionnaire.
Main Outcome Measures
Knowledge of main features of substance abuse, reported cases of substance abuse, and attitudes of PHC physicians towards managing this problem.
Sixty-nine percent of PHC physicians are of the opinion that substance abuse is a common and expanding problem.
Most participating physicians think that substance abuse is a problem of young males.
Although most PHC physicians have a satisfactory factual knowledge about features of dependence, only 23% of them have actually seen a substance abuser in the last 12 months in their practice ; giving a prevalence rate of one per 1000.
Male physicians in the age group under 30 years and more than 50 years, and those having postgraduate qualifications, were more able to detect abuse behavior.
Most commonly reported substances of abuse were : alcohol, amphetamines, volatile substances and heroin.
Most of the participating physicians underestimated the role of the PHC system in the management of substance abuse. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin santé primaire, Evaluation, Connaissance, Comportement, Toxicomanie, Médecin, Questionnaire, Homme, Arabie Saoudite, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Primary health care, Evaluation, Knowledge, Behavior, Drug addiction, Physician, Questionnaire, Human, Saudi Arabia, Asia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0149213
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 21/05/1997.