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Knowledge, attitude, and practice of physicians toward asthma inhaler techniques in Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Abdullah M. AlOlayan*, Abdulaziz B. Almutairi, Riyaz A. Shaik, Mohammad S. Ahmad, Maathir Alhumam, Shaden B. Almutairi, Raghad Alghassab, Abdullah Ghazi, Waleed Khalid.


Introduction: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. Inflammation in airways leads to hypersensitivity and airway obstruction which is responsible for the symptoms of asthma like wheezing, dyspnea, chest tightness and cough that aggravates in the morning. The prevalence ranges from 1.1 to 9.9% in adults. Systemic therapy and inhalational therapy comprising of bronchodilators and steroids are the two major treatment options. Aims & objectives: To assess physicians' knowledge, attitude, and practise toward asthma inhaler devices and inhalation techniques, and classify physician’s attitudes as either poor or adequate. Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted in Qassim, Saudi Arabia among healthcare providers for a duration of 6 months. Practicing physicians in the three major cities in Qassim were included in the study while non-practicing physicians and those practicing in the small cities and peripheries were excluded. Data collection was done by using a predesigned self-reported online questionnaire consisting of 22 items under 3 major sections- demography, knowledge and practice of physicians. Templates were generated in MS Excel sheet and analysis of data was done using SPSS software. Chi square test was the test of significance used and p

Key words: Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Asthma, Physicians, Inhaler

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