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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1040-1043

Knowledge of family physicians regarding national egyptian guideline for management of bronchial asthma, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

1 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
3 Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Alexandria, Egypt

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Aml A Salama
Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Shbeen El-koom District, Menoufia Governorate
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-2098.202502

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Objectives Assessment of family physician knowledge regarding management of bronchial asthma as included in the national clinical practical guidelines for family physicians. Background Despite the development and dissemination of guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma, adherence to its recommendations is still suboptimal. Moreover, information is limited regarding adherence of the family physicians to the asthma guidelines in Egypt. Materials and methods A cross-sectional analytical study involving 82 family physicians engaged in direct asthma care in family health centers and units in Alexandria, Egypt. They were subjected to a self-designed questionnaire with multiple choices assessing their overall knowledge of bronchial asthma as recommended in the guidelines. The studied physicians were divided into two groups by years of experience in family medicine: group 1 with less than 5 years of experience in family medicine practice and group 2 with more than 5 years of experience. They were assessed using self-administered questionnaire with multiple choices. Results This study was conducted on 82 family physicians in Alexandria Governorate. Assessment of family physician knowledge regarding the national Egyptian bronchial asthma clinical practical guidelines showed significant difference between the two groups regarding diagnosis of bronchial asthma, drugs used in the management of bronchial asthma, role of reliever inhalation, prescription of asthma medications and asking about asthma as preventable disease. Conclusion There are variations in family physicians' knowledge regarding recommendation of national Egyptian guidelines for bronchial asthma for diagnosis, grading, and management.

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