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IJMDC. 2019; 3(3): 239-245

Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia

Authors: Shehata Farag Shehata, Norah Hussain Al Mardhamah, Ayman Khalil Alrushaydan, Nasser Theeb Alqahtani, Abdulaziz Ahmad Alzahrany, Osamah Khalid Alfentokh, Rawan Ariman Alosaimi, Ali Mohammad Al Almuaysh, Ahmed Khalaf Hamd, Basmah Salman Almutairi.

ABSTRACT

Background: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome is a clinical disorder marked by frequent pauses in breathing during sleep usually accompanied by loud snoring. These pauses cut off the oxygen supply to your body for a few seconds and halt the removal of carbon dioxide. The aim of the study was to assess Saudi population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea and determinates of their awareness level. Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional survey study was conducted targeting Saudi general population above the age of 18 years old. Data were collected using a well-structured online questionnaire to be answered by participants. A total of 1000 participants completed the questionnaire online without missing or incorrect data. Results: Overall knowledge level was poor for 80.7% of the total sample and good for 19.3% with mean score 24.8%. The highest knowledge level was for disease symptoms knowledge by 28%, followed by methods of treatment knowledge by 26%, risk factors by 24.5%, and complications knowledge by mean score of 20.9%. Conclusions: A poor level of awareness regarding all aspects of obstructive sleep apnea was recorded, as the majority have no source of knowledge which indicates that medical staff needs to do more effort in improving the population awareness in this regard.

Keywords:
Sleep apnea, respiratory disorders, awareness, knowledge, pulmonary complications and obesity


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Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia


Authors
Shehata Farag Shehata
Assistant professor of community medicine, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Egypt
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Norah Hussain Al Mardhamah
Medical Intern, Najran University, Najran, Saudi Arabia
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Ayman Khalil Alrushaydan
Medical Intern, Aljouf University, Aljouf, Saudi Arabia
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Nasser Theeb Alqahtani
Medical student, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulaziz Ahmad Alzahrany
Medical intern, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Osamah Khalid Alfentokh
Medical student, College of Medicine, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Rawan Ariman Alosaimi
Medical intern, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan
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Ali Mohammad Al Almuaysh
Medical student, College of Medicine, Najran University, Najran, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmed Khalaf Hamd
Hail University, Hail, Saudi Arabia
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Basmah Salman Almutairi
Medical intern, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Shehata Farag Shehata, Assistant professor of community medicine, King Khalid University; shehatafarag@yahoo.com

Publication history
Published online 01 Jan 1970
Received 02 Dec 2018
Accepted 05 Feb 2019
Published in print 19 Mar 2019

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Shehata SF, Mardhamah NHA, Alrushaydan AK, Alqahtani NT, Alzahrany AA, Alfentokh OK, Alosaimi RA, Almuaysh AMA, Hamd AK, Almutairi BS. Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2019; 3(3): 239-245. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


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Shehata SF, Mardhamah NHA, Alrushaydan AK, Alqahtani NT, Alzahrany AA, Alfentokh OK, Alosaimi RA, Almuaysh AMA, Hamd AK, Almutairi BS. Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=19866 [Access: July 14, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


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Shehata SF, Mardhamah NHA, Alrushaydan AK, Alqahtani NT, Alzahrany AA, Alfentokh OK, Alosaimi RA, Almuaysh AMA, Hamd AK, Almutairi BS. Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2019; 3(3): 239-245. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


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Shehata SF, Mardhamah NHA, Alrushaydan AK, Alqahtani NT, Alzahrany AA, Alfentokh OK, Alosaimi RA, Almuaysh AMA, Hamd AK, Almutairi BS. Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2019), [cited July 14, 2020]; 3(3): 239-245. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


Harvard Style

Shehata, S. F., Mardhamah, . N. H. A., Alrushaydan, . A. K., Alqahtani, . N. T., Alzahrany, . A. A., Alfentokh, . O. K., Alosaimi, . R. A., Almuaysh, . A. M. A., Hamd, . A. K. & Almutairi, . B. S. (2019) Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 3 (3), 239-245. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


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Shehata, Shehata Farag, Norah Hussain Al Mardhamah, Ayman Khalil Alrushaydan, Nasser Theeb Alqahtani, Abdulaziz Ahmad Alzahrany, Osamah Khalid Alfentokh, Rawan Ariman Alosaimi, Ali Mohammad Al Almuaysh, Ahmed Khalaf Hamd, and Basmah Salman Almutairi. 2019. Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (3), 239-245. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


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Shehata, Shehata Farag, Norah Hussain Al Mardhamah, Ayman Khalil Alrushaydan, Nasser Theeb Alqahtani, Abdulaziz Ahmad Alzahrany, Osamah Khalid Alfentokh, Rawan Ariman Alosaimi, Ali Mohammad Al Almuaysh, Ahmed Khalaf Hamd, and Basmah Salman Almutairi. "Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3 (2019), 239-245. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


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Shehata, Shehata Farag, Norah Hussain Al Mardhamah, Ayman Khalil Alrushaydan, Nasser Theeb Alqahtani, Abdulaziz Ahmad Alzahrany, Osamah Khalid Alfentokh, Rawan Ariman Alosaimi, Ali Mohammad Al Almuaysh, Ahmed Khalaf Hamd, and Basmah Salman Almutairi. "Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3.3 (2019), 239-245. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


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Shehata, S. F., Mardhamah, . N. H. A., Alrushaydan, . A. K., Alqahtani, . N. T., Alzahrany, . A. A., Alfentokh, . O. K., Alosaimi, . R. A., Almuaysh, . A. M. A., Hamd, . A. K. & Almutairi, . B. S. (2019) Population awareness regarding obstructive sleep apnea in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (3), 239-245. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1543766652


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