Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(6): 1282-1289

Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia

Authors: Haifa Owaidh Alotaibi, Maha Safar Al-Thuwaybi, Hanan Hussain Almalki, Salwa Khaled Abu asyah, Enas Fadel Kamal, Awatef Edries.

ABSTRACT

Background: Patient preference related to the gender of the treating doctor is a very sensitive topic. This study was aimed to assess whether Saudi patients prefer to be treated by a female or male surgeon or have no gender preference and evaluate the factors affecting their choices. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was carried out through an online survey with 494 participants from the Saudi population in the Western region. The questionnaire included demographic data and questions such as “If you need to have surgery, which surgeon gender will you prefer?” They were also asked to “choose the reasons for this answer” depending on their chosen gender preference and about the “type of medical care the participant prefers their choice to perform.” Results: Among the participants, 57.3% had no gender preference pertaining to the treating surgeon. For them, the most common reasons were “Skill matters more than gender” (91.6%), “Educational qualifications matter” (82.4%), and “Experience matters” (77.1%). There were significantly higher percentages of participants who were not employed, those who saw a male doctor more often and for more extended periods, and participants whose physician was not their choice compared to those who had no gender preference regarding their treating surgeon. A significantly higher percentage of male participants preferred to have a male surgeon. Conclusion: Over half of the participants had no gender preference regarding their treating surgeon. However, there is still a need to raise patient awareness on the importance of experience, skills, and educational qualifications.

Keywords:
Saudi, patients, prefer, surgeon, female, Western


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Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia


Authors
Haifa Owaidh Alotaibi
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Maha Safar Al-Thuwaybi
College of Medicine, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Hanan Hussain Almalki
College of Medicine, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Salwa Khaled Abu asyah
College of Medicine, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Enas Fadel Kamal
College of Medicine, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Awatef Edries
Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Maha Safar Al-Thuwaybi, College of Medicine, Taif University, Saudi Arabia.; Maha13mma@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 29 Apr 2021
Accepted 31 May 2021
Published online 31 May 2021
Published in print 29 Jun 2021

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Alotaibi HO, Al-Thuwaybi MS, Almalki HH, asyah SKA, Kamal EF, Edries A. Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(6): 1282-1289. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


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Alotaibi HO, Al-Thuwaybi MS, Almalki HH, asyah SKA, Kamal EF, Edries A. Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=77433 [Access: September 19, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


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Alotaibi HO, Al-Thuwaybi MS, Almalki HH, asyah SKA, Kamal EF, Edries A. Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(6): 1282-1289. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alotaibi HO, Al-Thuwaybi MS, Almalki HH, asyah SKA, Kamal EF, Edries A. Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited September 19, 2021]; 5(6): 1282-1289. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


Harvard Style

Alotaibi, H. O., Al-Thuwaybi, . M. S., Almalki, . H. H., asyah, . S. K. A., Kamal, . E. F. & Edries, . A. (2021) Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (6), 1282-1289. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


Turabian Style

Alotaibi, Haifa Owaidh, Maha Safar Al-Thuwaybi, Hanan Hussain Almalki, Salwa Khaled Abu asyah, Enas Fadel Kamal, and Awatef Edries. 2021. Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (6), 1282-1289. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


Chicago Style

Alotaibi, Haifa Owaidh, Maha Safar Al-Thuwaybi, Hanan Hussain Almalki, Salwa Khaled Abu asyah, Enas Fadel Kamal, and Awatef Edries. "Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 1282-1289. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alotaibi, Haifa Owaidh, Maha Safar Al-Thuwaybi, Hanan Hussain Almalki, Salwa Khaled Abu asyah, Enas Fadel Kamal, and Awatef Edries. "Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.6 (2021), 1282-1289. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


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Alotaibi, H. O., Al-Thuwaybi, . M. S., Almalki, . H. H., asyah, . S. K. A., Kamal, . E. F. & Edries, . A. (2021) Gender preference among Saudi population on selecting a surgeon: a cross-sectional study from the Western region of Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (6), 1282-1289. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1619655115


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