Keywords : PHC physicians

Primary Health Care Physicians' Knowledge and Attitude towards Elderly in Baghdad/Al-Karkh-2018

Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal, 2019, Volume 18, Issue 3, Pages 260-268

It is important for primary health care (PHC) physicians to possess adequate knowledge and attitude
towards geriatrics to cope with the increasing number of elderly patients care during their daily
To assess the knowledge and attitude of PHC physicians towards elderly and to study the relation
between some factors with physicians’ knowledge and attitude.
A cross sectional study was conducted in 31 PHC centers in Baghdad/Al-Karkh for a period of 3
months from 1st of March to the end of May 2018.
A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection which covered some physicians'
Out of 225 PHC physicians working at the chosen PHC centers, 200 physicians enrolled in
the study, with a response rate of 88.88%. The results showed that only 27.5% of physicians had
good knowledge levels and 117 (58.5%) had positive attitude. Better levels of knowledge and
attitude were achieved by family physicians, females in addition to those who work for less
than 5 years in PHC centers.
Despite positive attitude of physicians towards elderly, better training and continuing medical
education are important to improve the knowledge of physicians to ensure better services.