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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 850-854

Knowledge of evidence-based medicine among primary care physicians in Gharbia Governorate

1 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Tanta, Gharbia, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed R Abdel Fattah
Tanta, Gharbia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_90_17

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Objective The aim of this study was to assess knowledge of primary care physicians regarding evidence-based medicine (EBM). Background EBM is very important in the process of decision making, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. For years, medical schools have developed instructions for EBM to determine the knowledge of physicians towards EBM, to improve the practice of family physician with regard to EBM. Participants and methods This is a cross-sectional study. A total of 93 family physicians were selected randomly during their monthly meeting, which all attended. Physicians were included from rural and urban primary care centers using stratified random sampling in Gharbia Governorate. Study was conducted through a predesigned questionnaire for testing physician's knowledge regarding EBM. The main outcome measure was knowledge of physicians regarding EBM. Results The response rate was 95.1%. Regarding the demographic characteristics of the studied group, the present study showed that female primary care and family physicians constituted a higher percentage (73.5%) than male physicians (26.5%). Of the 93 participants, there was a higher percentage of primary care and family physicians in the age group 20–29 years (59.2%) than in the age group 30–39 years (28.6%). Regarding the knowledge of family physicians for evidence-based, a higher percentage were somewhat knowledgeable (62.4%). Regarding the good total knowledge grading according to demographic characteristics, 71.1% of female physicians and 84.2% of physician working in family medicine unit had good knowledge grading. Conclusion This study was conducted to assess the knowledge of physicians and show improvement of knowledge regarding EBM.

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