Attitude and practice of the health care professionals towards the clinical practice guidelines in King Khalid University Hospital in Saudi Arabia
Article first published online: 31 MAY 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Special Issue: Evidence Based Medicine
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 763–767, August 2011
How to Cite
Wahabi, H. A., Alzeidan, R. A., Fayed, A. A., Esmaeil, S. A. and Al Aseri, Z. A. (2011), Attitude and practice of the health care professionals towards the clinical practice guidelines in King Khalid University Hospital in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 17: 763–767. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01694.x
- Issue published online: 27 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 31 MAY 2011
- Accepted for publication: 9 May 2011
- clinical practice guidelines;
- health care professionals;
- opinion and practice
Rationale, aims and objectives To explore the opinion and practice of the health care providers in King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH) towards clinical practice guidelines (CPGs).
Methods A cross-sectional self-reported anonymous survey was distributed to 2225 health care professionals working in KKUH clinical departments.
Results The response rate was 56.5%. The respondents had a positive attitude towards CPGs; 90% thought that CPG unify patients' care and 96% agreed that CPGs improve the quality of services provided. The respondents' practice in using CPGs concurred with their attitude and opinion. A total of 86.3% agreed that CPGs changed the way they manage their patients and 71.8% agreed with the statement that they have already used CPGs in the management of the patients. Compared to nurses, physicians were significantly less likely to use CPGs in practice (P < 0.05); moreover, the practice of using guidelines differs significantly according to the years of experience, with 71% of respondents with experience of 15 years or more using CPGs in the management of their patients, compared to 60% among respondents with less years of experience (P < 0.05).
Conclusion The health care providers at KKUH have positive practice and attitude towards CPGs in general, which could positively influence the future introduction and implementation of evidence-based CPGs.