ASSESSMENT OF PHYSICIANS' HEALTH CARE NEEDS: IS THERE A LINK WITH QUALITY OF CARE IN SAUDI ARABIA?
Background: In daily practice, physicians encounter many health risks. Multiple studies have found that physicians are finding it difficult to access health care, and often resort to self-diagnosis and treatment.
Methods: Cross-section analytical observational study. A non-random convenience sampling technique using a preexisting self-administered validated questionnaire.
Results: Most of the factors represented a low-to-moderate or neutral level of difficulty, although 42% of respondents said that finding the time to access care was a high priority. Career threatening illnesses were not a significant problem (72 of 456 respondents, or 15.8%), but 54.4% of respondents reported that they had a colleague with a career-threatening illness.
Conclusion: The results indicate the need for policy makers and employer to make a greater effort to meet physicians' health care needs. One of the main weaknesses of this study was the sample, as it cannot be considered to be representative of physicians working in Saudi Arabia. The majority of respondents were general and family physicians, so the results may not apply to other specialties that were not represented equally in our sample.