Evidence-based practice among primary care physicians in Kuwait

Ahmad, ASH, Al-Mutar, NBE, Al-Hulabi, FAS, Al-Rashidee, ESL, Doi, SAR and Thalib, L (2009) Evidence-based practice among primary care physicians in Kuwait. Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 15 6: 1125-1130. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2753.2009.01125.x

Author Ahmad, ASH
Al-Mutar, NBE
Al-Hulabi, FAS
Al-Rashidee, ESL
Doi, SAR
Thalib, L
Title Evidence-based practice among primary care physicians in Kuwait
Journal name Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-1294
Publication date 2009-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2009.01125.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 15
Issue 6
Start page 1125
End page 1130
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Blackwell Science
Language eng
Abstract OBJECTIVES: The level of evidence-based practice (EBP) and awareness has not been previously assessed among primary care physicians in Kuwait. The objectives of this study were to quantify the level of EBP and awareness in Kuwait and identify the factors related to EBP. METHOD: We used a cross sectional study that enrolled 332 primary care physicians in 57 primary care centres randomly chosen in Kuwait. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the data with a response rate of about 93%. RESULTS: Although half of the physicians self reported that they use EBP most of the time, further analysis revealed that only about 24% of this group had a reasonable understanding of EBP. Most of the clinical practice in the Kuwaiti primary care system seems to be based on the clinician's own judgment or what they learned in the medical school and traditional text books, rather than evidence-based sources. None of the physicians had an Internet connection at their work place and a vast majority of them had no access to international journals nor were confident about critical appraisal of published evidence. CONCLUSION: Overall level of awareness of evidence-based medicine (EBM) among primary care physicians in Kuwait was considerably low. Training in the areas of EBM as well as making sure the Kuwaiti primary care centres have access to evidence-based sources are critically important if primary care in Kuwait were to become evidence based.
Keyword awareness score
critical appraisal
evidence-based medicine
evidence-based practice
primary care physicians
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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