Author(s): alShammari SA
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Abstract A questionnaire was designed to find out the help-seeking behavior of the adult population in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five hundred sixty-six responders suffered a disturbance of health during the 4 weeks preceding the study. The majority (77\%) of these "sick responders," typically married and educated subjects, sought help of medically trained practitioners, mainly from primary health centers. One hundred twenty-one (21.4\%) cases had specialist treatment, 79\% of which were by self-referral. Ninety-six (17\%) cases consulted local healers. A high proportion of the "sick responders" were unaware of their diagnoses after consulting their physicians (29.4\%), local healers (33\%), or pharmacists (43\%). There is still a need to increase health education about correct use of the referral system.
This article was published in Fam Pract Res J
and referenced in Alternative & Integrative Medicine