Original Article

IJMDC. 2019; 3(11): 76-81

Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms

Authors: Zead Ibrahim A. Alhussain, Mohammed Ali A. Alghamdi, Rana Mohamed Ahmed, Abdullah Yahya Aldhban, Abdulrahman Ali Alghamdi, Naif Shalan J. Alalyani.

ABSTRACT

Background: The hospital emergency department (ED) is one of the most important components of the healthcare delivery system. This study aims to investigate the public awareness of the Emergency Rooms (ERs) in Saudi Arabia, what the public knows about the provided services, and if they know the difference between the outpatient clinics and the ERs. Methodology: It is a cross-sectional descriptive community-based study, carried out on 977 participants from all age groups, in different areas of Saudi Arabia, from 1 January to 31 July 2019. Data were collected by filling the pre-designed online questionnaire. We utilized the SPSS program version 16. The X2 test was used as a test of significance, and differences considered significant at P value less than 0.05. Results: Most of the participants (87.5%) reported that they knew the difference between the outpatient clinic and ER. The majority (68.1%) of subjects said that ERs mean rapid and unplanned medical care. Regarding evaluation of the provided services in ERs; 32.5% of the cases said it was satisfactory followed by 28.5% good, 19.8% excellent, 10.2% accepted and 10% reported it was unsatisfactory. There were significant relationships between the awareness and age (P=0.03) and education level (P=0.003), but no relationship was found with the gender of the participant (P>0.5). Conclusion: In the current study, most of the participants reported that they knew the difference between the outpatient clinics and ERs. There were significant relationships between the awareness and age and education level, but an insignificant relation was found with the gender of the participant.

Keywords:
emergency department (ED), emergency rooms (ERs), awareness, knowledge, outpatient clinic, satisfaction


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Authors
Zead Ibrahim A Alhussain
Arabian Gulf University Medical College of Arabian Gulf University Manama, Bahrain
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Mohammed Ali A Alghamdi
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Rana Mohamed Ahmed
Almaarefa University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdullah Yahya Aldhban
King Khaled University Abha Saudi Arabia
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Abdulrahman Ali Alghamdi
King Khaled University Abha Saudi Arabia
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Naif Shalan J Alalyani
King Khaled University Abha Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Dr. Zead Ibrahim A. Alhussain, Arabian Gulf University Medical College of Arabian Gulf University Manama, Bahrain; alhussainzead@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 19 Sep 2019
Accepted 06 Oct 2019
Published online 31 Oct 2019
Published in print 04 Nov 2019

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Alhussain ZIA, Alghamdi MAA, Ahmed RM, Aldhban AY, Alghamdi AA, Alalyani NSJ. Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms. IJMDC. 2019; 3(11): 76-81. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


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Alhussain ZIA, Alghamdi MAA, Ahmed RM, Aldhban AY, Alghamdi AA, Alalyani NSJ. Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=65859 [Access: November 22, 2019]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


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Alhussain ZIA, Alghamdi MAA, Ahmed RM, Aldhban AY, Alghamdi AA, Alalyani NSJ. Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms. IJMDC. 2019; 3(11): 76-81. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alhussain ZIA, Alghamdi MAA, Ahmed RM, Aldhban AY, Alghamdi AA, Alalyani NSJ. Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms. IJMDC. (2019), [cited November 22, 2019]; 3(11): 76-81. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


Harvard Style

Alhussain, Z. I. A., Alghamdi, . M. A. A., Ahmed, . R. M., Aldhban, . A. Y., Alghamdi, . A. A. & Alalyani, . N. S. J. (2019) Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms. IJMDC, 3 (11), 76-81. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


Turabian Style

Alhussain, Zead Ibrahim A., Mohammed Ali A. Alghamdi, Rana Mohamed Ahmed, Abdullah Yahya Aldhban, Abdulrahman Ali Alghamdi, and Naif Shalan J. Alalyani. 2019. Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (11), 76-81. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


Chicago Style

Alhussain, Zead Ibrahim A., Mohammed Ali A. Alghamdi, Rana Mohamed Ahmed, Abdullah Yahya Aldhban, Abdulrahman Ali Alghamdi, and Naif Shalan J. Alalyani. "Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3 (2019), 76-81. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alhussain, Zead Ibrahim A., Mohammed Ali A. Alghamdi, Rana Mohamed Ahmed, Abdullah Yahya Aldhban, Abdulrahman Ali Alghamdi, and Naif Shalan J. Alalyani. "Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3.11 (2019), 76-81. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alhussain, Z. I. A., Alghamdi, . M. A. A., Ahmed, . R. M., Aldhban, . A. Y., Alghamdi, . A. A. & Alalyani, . N. S. J. (2019) Awareness of the Saudi population about the role of the Emergency Rooms. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (11), 76-81. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1568717752


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