Attitude and practice of the health care professionals towards the clinical practice guidelines in King Khalid University Hospital in Saudi Arabia

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  • Hayfaa A. Wahabi FRCOG,

    1. Sheikh Bahmdan Chair of Evidence-Based Healthcare and Knowledge Translation, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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  • Rasmieh A. Alzeidan MSc,

    Corresponding author
    1. Sheikh Bahmdan Chair of Evidence-Based Healthcare and Knowledge Translation, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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  • Amel A. Fayed PhD,

    1. Assistance Professor in Biostatistics, Department of Basic Sciences, College of Medicine, King Saud Ben Abdel Aziz University for Health Sciences, Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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  • Samia A. Esmaeil MBBS,

    1. Sheikh Bahmdan Chair of Evidence-Based Healthcare and Knowledge Translation, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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  • Zohair A. Al Aseri FRCP (EM) CCM

    1. Head of Emergency Department, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Dr Rasmieh A. Alzeidan, Family and Community Department, College of Medicine, King Saud University, PO Box 102599, 11685 Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. E-mail: ras_zeidan@hotmail.com

Abstract

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.

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