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IJMDC. 2020; 4(1): 23-28

Assessment of the level of general knowledge and awareness of the public toward skin diseases in Hail City

Hussain Gadelkarim Ahmed, Ethar Abed Alsulami, Amirah Eid Salem Alshammari, Maha Qasem Malhan Almutairi, Alanoud Mansour Ayed Albalawi, Abdullah Abdulhadi Hammad Alharbi, Dalal Ayedh Helaal Al-Harbi.


Background: Skin diseases are a very common group of diseases and few of them can spread easily between individuals which make the person under fear and stress. Furthermore, few of them can also affect the obvious skin and this can affect the self-esteem of the individual. The prevalence of skin diseases varies among different regions, enough knowledge about skin diseases will have an impact on their prevalence. The present study was aimed to assess the knowledge and awareness of the general population regarding skin disease in Hail City, Saudi Arabia.
Methodology: A survey-based study was conducted among the general population of Hail City, Saudi Arabia during the period from November 15, 2018, to December 2, 2018. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences program version 21 was used to analyse data, number and percentages were used to describe quantitative variables.
Results: The current study included 2,348 individuals. Among them, 9.3%, 66.8%, and 23.9% of them reported their knowledge about skin diseases to be excellent, good, and poor, respectively. There were 24.1% of subjects who had good knowledge about skin diseases. Regarding job, individuals working in the military were significantly having lower level of knowledge (p-value = 0.013). Conclusion: The study found knowledge about skin disease among the Hail population to be inadequate.

Key words: Knowledge, population, skin disease, Hail.

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