Evaluation of Physicians’ Awareness of Pediatric Diseases in Iran

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Nima Rezaei 1 , * , Hassan Abolhassani 2 , Babak Mirminachi 3 , Maedeh Daryabeigi 4 , Zahra Agharahimi 5 , Asghar Aghamohammadi 6 , Ali Rabbani 7

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How to Cite: Rezaei N, Abolhassani H, Mirminachi B, Daryabeigi M, Agharahimi Z, et al. Evaluation of Physicians’ Awareness of Pediatric Diseases in Iran, Iran J Pediatr. 2014 ; 24(1):87-92.

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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics: 24 (1); 87-92
Published Online: January 28, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: June 18, 2013
Accepted: January 11, 2014

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Abstract

Objective: Physicians’ awareness about pediatric health problems is very important in health system. This has not been investigated in Iran as yet. Therefore this study was conducted to characterize the knowledge of the Iranian physicians which has direct association with health status of children. Methods: One hundred and four physicians, mainly pediatric specialists (58.6%) working in the state hospitals (45.1%) were enrolled. They filled a valid and reliable questionnaire, containing 26 questions about basic and important pediatric issues before and after an educational pediatric program (EPP). Findings: Thirty nine (37.5%) physicians answered correctly more than 2/3 of all questions (passed the examination) before EPP, which increased to 42.3% after EEP. Subgroup analysis showed that the total scores of general practitioners (P=0.007) was significantly increased after the EPP. Moreover, physicians with shorter practicing time (P=0.006) and those with shorter time past graduation (P=0.01) had a significant improvement in their total scores after the program. The best scores of educational issues were documented in growth and development (16.0%; P=0.04), followed by dermatology (9.2%, P=0.04), urology (9.1%; P=0.04), and asthma and allergy (9.0%, P=0.04). Conclusion: This study revealed that there are gaps in the knowledge of professionals about the pediatric issues.

 

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Pediatrics Health Status of Children Physicians’ Knowledge

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