|Title:||Acute respiratory infections in primary health care centres in northern Saudi Arabia|
|Authors:||El Gilany, A.H.|
|Abstract:||This study was carried out in the northern region of Saudi Arabia during 1419 AH [1998 AD]. A random sample of 1200 prescriptions was analysed to determine the magnitude of factors associated with acute respiratory infections [ARI] and their treatment. ARI were diagnosed in more than one-third of the prescriptions analysed, of which upper respiratory infections accounted for 65.8%, and pneumonia less than 1%. The prevalence of ARI was significantly higher in urban areas, among children, among males and during the colder seasons of the year. Antibiotics were prescribed for 87.8% of patients. This study reinforces the need to implement forthwith the Saudi national programme for diagnosis and treatment of ARI|
Primary Health Care
|Subject:||Respiratory Tract Infections|
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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