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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 237-242

The respiratory care profession in Saudi Arabia: Past and present


1 Respiratory Care Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Respiratory Care Department, Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Hajed M Al-Otaibi
Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Dammam, Dammam
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.191872

PMID: 27803748

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The respiratory care (RC) profession in Saudi Arabia is over 40-year-old. Although there have been major advancements in the profession, no history and enough information are available about its development and evolvement at current. This paper describes the history and development of the field of RC and future prospects for the profession in Saudi Arabia. A comprehensive review and assessment were conducted through direct contact, interviews, and a review of existing documents in the Medical Services Division of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Health, The Ministry of Civil Services, representative hospitals, academic institutions, and other relevant texts. The data obtained were evaluated for its relevance and grouped on a thematic basis. This is currently the first paper about the history and development of the RC profession in Saudi Arabia over the last 45 years.


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