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Profile of Patients Visiting a Tertiary Eye Hospital and their Perception Regarding Barrier for Eye Care Services in the Western Saudi Arabia

Moustafa Magliyah

,

Ali Alsaedi

,

Nawwaf Alqahtani

,

Mohammed Almalki

,

Adel Alharthi

,

Weam Qutub

,

Rajiv Khandekar

Moustafa Magliyah 1

Ali Alsaedi 2 Nawwaf Alqahtani 2 Mohammed Almalki 2 Adel Alharthi 2 Weam Qutub 2 Rajiv Khandekar 7


  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Prince Mohammed Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1

  2. Department of Ophthalmology, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia 2

  3. Department of Research, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 7

Pages: 12-14

DOI: 10.18488/journal.9/2017.4.1/9.1.12.14

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Article History:

Received: 28 November, 2016
Revised: 23 December, 2016
Accepted: 09 January, 2017
Published: 01 February, 2017


Abstract:

Introduction: King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC) is a tertiary health care hospital in western Saudi Arabia. We present the profile of eye patients visiting this institution and their perceived barriers for the access to eye care. Methodology: This case series type of study was conducted between January and June 2014. Close-ended questions were used to collect the responses of patients. Results: Our series had 165 eye patients. The proportion of male and female population in the study area was 57:43. The sex ratio of eye patient was 59:41. Sixty patients (37%) needed more than one-hour car-drive to reach hospital. Majority of eye patients were referred from Al-Noor specialist hospital 53(32%) and Hiraa General Hospital 40 (24%) of Makkah. Conclusion: Eye patients of KAMC reside mainly in Makkah. Female gender was not while distance was a barrier for accessing tertiary eye care. The workload in eye unit of KAMC was low.
Contribution/ Originality
This study documents that there are barriers to access Tertiary Eye care in Western Saudi Arabia.

Keywords:

Barriers, Perception, Access to eye care, Ophthalmic services, Tertiary eye hospital, Western Saudi Arabia.

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Funding:

This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Acknowledgement:

We thank the staff of ophthalmology department for their cooperation. We thank all eye patients for their active participation.

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