Evaluation of Travel Medicine Status in Government Primary Health Care Centers in Riyadh Saudi Arabia: A Mixed-methods Study
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Introduction and Objective: Travel medicine (TM) is a rapidly developing, very dynamic, and multidisciplinary
field that calls for knowledge of numerous illnesses that can occur while traveling. Therefore, this study aimed
to evaluate the TM status in Government Primary Health Care (PHC) Centers in Riyadh city Saudi Arabia.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted in August 2022 in Government
PHC Centers in Riyadh city Saudi Arabia using multistage stratified random sampling. A total of 25 Health
centers were drawn from the different regions of Riyadh, northern, south, west, east, and middle areas. The data
used are primary data, obtained from physicians assigned in TM clinics using quantitative as well as qualitative
data collection methods. Results: This study involved 30 physicians, 23 of whom are general practitioners
and 7 of whom work in TM clinics. Sixteen (53.3%) of the participants were males and Saudis. The mean age
was 41 years and the standard deviation was 11 years. About 46.7% of the participants are registrars or senior
registrars. TM -related information is most commonly found in review articles and journals (26%), followed by
websites and the internet (21%). Conclusion: There were missing communication links between TM clinics and
PHC providers in the evaluation of TM clinics in PHC, which needed meetings and continuous training. The TM
clinic also needed to develop a plan to raise public awareness about its services among doctors and the community.
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