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Online Publishing Date: 09 / 11 / 2023

 


Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Fahad Hisham Bin Shalhoub, Majed Ghanem Alharbi, Shahad Hameed Alshammari, Raghad Abdulmajid Bin Rakhis, Asayel Mohammed Bin Saif, Fahad Abdullah Alateeq.


Abstract
Objective:
This study aimed to investigate the reasons for bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia.
Methodology:
This study used a descriptive, questionnaire-based, and cross-sectional design with a non-probability convenience sampling. The data collection tool was a self-administered questionnaire, which included questions on sociodemographic data, satisfaction with services, knowledge of services, and reasons for bypassing primary healthcare centers.
Results:
The study included 588 participants, of which 264 (44.9%) were males, and 64.1% were aged between 18 and 24 years. Majority of the participants visited a PHC center at least once (94.9%), but also experienced a failed treatment (42.8%) or a lack of medications or diagnostic services in PHC (61.1%). The most common reason for bypassing PHC was the unavailability of diagnostic measures (38%), followed by the need for more experienced staff (33%). The study also found significant associations between gender, employment status, age and the reasons for bypassing PHC.
Conclusion:
Although there is considerable reported utilization of PHC center services, there was a high rate of bypassing PHC facilities for various reasons. The main factors influencing bypassing behavior were the availability of diagnostic measures, drugs, and experienced staff. Therefore, improving the quality and accessibility of PHC services is essential to reduce the bypassing rate and enhance the utilization of PHC in the study area.

Key words: PHC, bypassing, health care utilization, accessibility, Saudi Arabia


 
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Shalhoub FHB, Alharbi MG, Alshammari SH, Rakhis RAB, Saif AMB, Alateeq FA. Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2023; 7(12): 1959-1965. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343


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Shalhoub FHB, Alharbi MG, Alshammari SH, Rakhis RAB, Saif AMB, Alateeq FA. Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=168372 [Access: February 07, 2024]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343


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Shalhoub FHB, Alharbi MG, Alshammari SH, Rakhis RAB, Saif AMB, Alateeq FA. Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2023; 7(12): 1959-1965. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343



Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Shalhoub FHB, Alharbi MG, Alshammari SH, Rakhis RAB, Saif AMB, Alateeq FA. Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2023), [cited February 07, 2024]; 7(12): 1959-1965. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343



Harvard Style

Shalhoub, F. H. B., Alharbi, . M. G., Alshammari, . S. H., Rakhis, . R. A. B., Saif, . A. M. B. & Alateeq, . F. A. (2023) Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 7 (12), 1959-1965. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343



Turabian Style

Shalhoub, Fahad Hisham Bin, Majed Ghanem Alharbi, Shahad Hameed Alshammari, Raghad Abdulmajid Bin Rakhis, Asayel Mohammed Bin Saif, and Fahad Abdullah Alateeq. 2023. Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 7 (12), 1959-1965. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343



Chicago Style

Shalhoub, Fahad Hisham Bin, Majed Ghanem Alharbi, Shahad Hameed Alshammari, Raghad Abdulmajid Bin Rakhis, Asayel Mohammed Bin Saif, and Fahad Abdullah Alateeq. "Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 7 (2023), 1959-1965. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Shalhoub, Fahad Hisham Bin, Majed Ghanem Alharbi, Shahad Hameed Alshammari, Raghad Abdulmajid Bin Rakhis, Asayel Mohammed Bin Saif, and Fahad Abdullah Alateeq. "Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 7.12 (2023), 1959-1965. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Shalhoub, F. H. B., Alharbi, . M. G., Alshammari, . S. H., Rakhis, . R. A. B., Saif, . A. M. B. & Alateeq, . F. A. (2023) Factors associated with patients bypassing primary healthcare centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 7 (12), 1959-1965. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1693905343





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