The Medical Service Department (MSD) at the Ministry of Defense in Saudi Arabia operates eight major hospitals and a network of primary healthcare centers and clinics that provide preventive, prenatal, emergency, and basic services. The MSD is one of the main healthcare providers in the country along with the Ministry of Health and the private sector. In 2013, the MSD provided healthcare services to 7,498,178 patients across the country. The family and community medicine research unit at MSD has been formed recently to investigate health status in Saudi Arabia. This study is one of several the unit has undertaken with a view to improving health services locally and internationally. This work is exploratory in its nature, and aims to provide more understanding of health status, to shed some light on which areas need more investigation and improvement in the future. The research unit aims to play a pivotal role in the future of health services in Saudi Arabia by producing detailed research that will help decision-makers to improve health services and to establish a new platform for scientific work locally, regionally, and internationally.
Content: AlKhashan HI, Osama Abdelhay O, AlHarbi MS, AlZuwayed ZA, Yaqoub U, et al. (2015) Health Reasons for Rejection among 2,518 New Military Recruits in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A Cross-sectional Study. Epidemiology (sunnyvale) S1:001.