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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-39

Saudi Population Perception about Medical Internists, 2020

1 Department of Internal Medicine, King Fahad Hospital, Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Security Forces Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Erfan and Bagedo General Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Fahad Ali Abdullah Dokhaikh
Department of Internal Medicine, King Fahad Hospital, Al-Baha
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jnsm.jnsm_42_21

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Background: As a specialty, internal medicine's historical and philosophical roots lie in the German medical tradition of the second half of the 19th century. However, what uniquely defines the specialty of internal medicine is certainly not fully captured in its name. Objective: To assess the knowledge of Saudi population regarding the scope of internal medicine speciality, 2020. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study that utilized an online questionnaire for data collection. All those who consent and can fill the Arabic online form were eligible to participate in the study. The only exclusion criteria were health-care workers and non-Arabic speakers. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software (SPSS, version 26.0). Results: A total of 1692 responses were analyzed, of which 60.7% were females and (76.8%) had university education. The majority (77.5%) see that the term is clear. Of the total sample, only (35.8%) answered correctly when asked about the role of internal medicine doctor. When asked if the term (internal medicine) is clear, educational level and region were significantly associated (P = 0.004, 0.03), respectively. Conclusion: The Arabic contrast of the term (internal medicine) may not describe the true meaning or the job of internal medicine doctors as approximately only one third (35.8%) knew the role of medical internists. A variety of factors other than the Arabic synonymous of the term (internal medicine) can influence the understanding of the public to what is internal medicine.

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