Factors Affecting Surgical Delay: A Case Study of One of General Hospital at Jeddah City | Chapter 13 | Current Trends in Disease and Health Vol. 3

This research is a descriptive analytical study investigating the factors affecting surgical delay in the surgical department at one of general (public) hospital at Jeddah city, Saudi Arabia. The research proposes and tests four independent variable factors affecting surgical delay. These factors are: clinical, administrative, hospital capabilities and care givers, while surgical delay is the dependent variable. In order to explore this issue, a quantitative method was used to collect primary data through designing a self-administered questionnaire, which was administered at the hospital. The research targeted the surgical department’s doctors at the hospital, who are the decision makers with regards to surgeries in their specialties; they total 106 doctors, and because of the small number of the research population the total number was taken as the research sample. The research retrieved 91 valid questionnaires (96.46%). Results show that the four factors are significantly important, demonstrating a positive statistical relationship between the four factors and surgical delay. This research recommends activating the clinical coordinators’ position in all surgical departments in turn, to improve the communication channels between all the concerned departments and the patients in order to run out the patients’ appointments and surgery booking. Moreover, it is vital to frame, develop and manage all the surgical waiting lists in all surgical departments for easy access and control.

Author(s) Details

Baragaba Amani

Department of Bed Management, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Alsharqi Omar

Department of Health Services and Hospital Administration, Faculty of Economics and Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Patients’ Perceptions and Attitudes towards Patient information Leaflet (PIL) | Chapter 9 | Modern Advances in Pharmaceutical Research Vol. 1

Background: Patient-tested and -friendly  information leaflets provide  sufficient, accurate, and pertinent information about prescribed and over-the-counter medications to health consumers for their safety,  enhanced  satisfaction, improved  outcomes and no medication errors across the globe. However healthcare consumers’ knowledge, attitude, behaviour and perception concerning different items of drug leaflets differ across the board.

Objective: This study aimed to explore knowledge, attitude, behaviour and perception of patients towards drug/patient information leaflets in Riyadh, capital city of Saudi Arabia.

Methods: This cross-sectional study used a self-designed reliable questionnaire for collecting relevant data about drug leaflets from purposefully selected participants (n=319) attending ambulatory clinics of a main hospital of King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh.

Results: The majority of patients were females (75%), 61% patients were between the ages of 20 to 30 years, and 58% of the participants were educated to university level. About 61% to 97% of participants agreed to knowledge, attitude and behaviour items, and only 26% patients perceived that the drug information provided by healthcare professionals suffices on its own without the drug leaflets. About 62% of the participants observed that the information in the drug leaflet is more useful than the information given verbally by healthcare professionals. The majority of patients (66% to 99%) expressed variably positive behaviour and favourable attitudes toward drug leaflet information. The participants ranked ‘indications’ (31.4%) and ‘how to use’ (26.7%) drugs as the two most important sections in drug leaflet.

Conclusion: Drug leaflets are important sources of drug information both for patients and general public globally and improve their knowledge as well as positive effects on their attitude, perception and behaviour.  Healthcare  professionals  need  to  encourage  health  consumers  to  read  the  drug leaflets which need to be patient-friendly and be written clearly in understandable lay terminology and native language. Future studies should explore and compare the knowledge base of those patients who read patient information leaflet (PIL) with those who do not read it across Arabian Gulf countries.

Author(s) Details

Saud M. Alsanad
College of Medicine, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU),Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Naseem A. Qureshi
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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