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IJMDC. 2023; 7(2): 277-285

Knowledge, attitude, and practice related to craniosynostosis among physicians in Saudi Arabia: a national survey

Abdulrazaq A. Alojan, Neriman S. Alali, Sarah A. AlShaiji, Maryam K. AlShamekh, Rose A. Alkhulaifi, Lamya K. AlKhaldi.


Objectives: To evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of physicians in Saudi Arabia about various aspects of the craniosynostosis.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted through a self-administered online survey that was distributed to a targeted sample of clinical specialists in the field of pediatric, family medicine, radiology, plastic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and neurosurgery in Saudi Arabia from November 2021 to February 2022.
Results: Physicians’ overall knowledge was poor, which seemed to influence their attitudes. In addition, plastic surgeons and neurosurgeons showed significantly higher knowledge scores than other specialists. Consultants and specialists showed better attitudes toward craniosynostosis management than residents. Finally, scores of clinical practices related to craniosynostosis were notably higher among physicians in public (ministry of health), academic, and military hospitals than in private hospitals.
Conclusion: Poor knowledge of craniosynostosis might negatively affect physicians’ behavior and clinical practice. Efforts should be made to increase awareness of this condition among physicians.

Key words: Awareness, neurosurgery, management, outcome, craniosynostosis.

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