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International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 4, Issue 3, Part A (2021)

Perceptions, attitude and practices toward elderly depression among primary health care physicians, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2021.

Author(s): Amal Ghzwany, Ahmed Al Selihem, Abeer Sharahili, Alhanouf Alazmi and Esra Alhwsawi
Abstract:
Background: Elderly people need to care services in particular to maintain a high quality of life and health status. Managing the health needs of geriatric patients is part of the continuity of care family physicians provide to their patients.
Aims: to assess physicians' attitude, perception and practice toward depression in elderly in primary care sitting.
Methodology: A cross- sectional study to assess primary health care physicians' attitude and perceptions and practices toward depression in elderly patients in primary health care centers of King Saud medical city in Riyadh, kingdom of Saudi Arabia using self-administrated questionnaire
Results: We received 210 responses to our questionnaire with response rate of 100% where 51% of them were females. PHC physicians routinely screen for sleep disturbance (79%), loss of interest or pleasure (79%), sad mood (72%), and decreased energy (63%) in order to diagnosis of depression. Moreover, we found that 56% of physicians would use clinical guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of geriatric depression. Furthermore, the main barriers to adequate diagnosis and treatment of elderly depressed patients were rejection of patients to treatment (22% of them indicated it as major problem) and difficulty for access to mental health care in our community (19% of them indicated it as major problem).
Conclusion: we found that most of the physicians in Riyadh show high positive attitude toward depression of elderly however, there are some limitations in knowledge about symptoms of depression and restriction to guideline.
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How to cite this article:
Amal Ghzwany, Ahmed Al Selihem, Abeer Sharahili, Alhanouf Alazmi, Esra Alhwsawi. Perceptions, attitude and practices toward elderly depression among primary health care physicians, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2021.. Int J Adv Community Med 2021;4(3):07-12. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2021.v4.i3a.198
International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine