Knowledge of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia Among Primary Health Care Physicians: A Single-Center Experience.

Citation:
Mostafa, M. A., N. M. Kamal, S. Eltaher, Y. Hamed, H. Abdelaziz, W. Abdelghany, E. Aser, E. Fawzy, and L. M. Sherief, "Knowledge of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia Among Primary Health Care Physicians: A Single-Center Experience.", Clinical medicine insights. Pediatrics, vol. 13, pp. 1179556518824375, 2019.

Abstract:

Background and objectives: To evaluate the knowledge of the primary health care physicians (PHCP) in Kalubia governorate, Egypt, about the causes, diagnosis, complications, and treatment of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia (NHB).

Methods: Cross-sectional survey distributed by interview to 500 physicians working in the primary health care (PHC) sector in Kalubia.

Results: Out of 500 distributed surveys, 419 (84%) PHCP completed the questionnaire. They represent 174 (90%) out of 193 PHC units and centers. About 18% were males and 82% females with mean age of 28.5 ± 5.2 years, and mean duration of work was 3.3 ± 4.4 years. All of the respondents have patients with NHB in their daily practice. The knowledge of the PHCP was good in some aspects about NHB; however, it was poor and may be even hazardous in other aspects.

Conclusions: Many areas of defects are detected in PHCP knowledge about NHB. Pre-service and continuous training of the PHCP about the diagnosis and management of NHB are essential.

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