Primary health care research in Saudi Arabia: A quantitative analysis

  • Saulat Jahan Research and Information Unit. Public Health Administration. Qassim. Ministry of Health. Saudi Arabia.
  • Abdullah Mohammed Al-Saigul Research and Information Unit. Public Health Administration. Qassim
Keywords: journal article, primary health care, Pubmed, research, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

Objectives: The objective of this study was to analyze the published primary health care (PHC) research conducted in Saudi Arabia quantitatively and to determine the distribution of these research publications according to the topic, time, geographical location, and institution.
Methods: In this descriptive study, we conducted literature search in PubMed and Google Scholar. The Medical Subject Headings terms: “Primary Health†AND “Saudi†and “Primary Care†AND “Saudi†were used for searching relevant journal articles. Relevant information about the journal articles, published till December 2011, was recorded on a coding instrument.
Results: From 1983 to 2011, a total of 655 PHC research articles were found. The publication output showed an increase with time. Original research articles (85.6%) were the main type of publications, and the most common study design was cross-sectional (93.4%). “Chronic diseases†and “health services research†were the main topics addressed. Riyadh province had the highest proportion (46.3%) of publications, and the universities (56.2%), followed by the Saudi Ministry of Health (24.9%), were the main institutions publishing the research.
Conclusion: Despite a well-established PHC setup in Saudi Arabia, the research outputs are low. Most of the published articles are cross-sectional studies and are conducted by the universities. Enhancing the PHC research by creating a supportive environment will lead to an increased evidence base for PHC and its effective translation into service delivery.

Author Biographies

Saulat Jahan, Research and Information Unit. Public Health Administration. Qassim. Ministry of Health. Saudi Arabia.

Public Health Specialist

Research and Information Unit

Public Health Administration

Qassim. Saudi Arabia.

Abdullah Mohammed Al-Saigul, Research and Information Unit. Public Health Administration. Qassim
Chief,  Research and Information Unit. Public Health Administration. Qassim.
Published
2017-04-09
How to Cite
Jahan, S., & Al-Saigul, A. (2017, April 9). Primary health care research in Saudi Arabia: A quantitative analysis. International Journal of Health Sciences, 11(2). Retrieved from https://ijhs.org.sa/index.php/journal/article/view/1738
Section
Original Paper