Factors influencing management of chronic respiratory diseases in general and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in particular in Saudi Arabia: An overview
Mohammed E Alsubaiei1, Paul A Cafarella2, Peter A Frith2, R Doug McEvoy3, Tanja W Effing2
1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network; School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network; School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
3 School of Medicine, Flinders University, South Australia; Department of Sleep and Respiratory Medicine, Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Dr. Mohammed E Alsubaiei
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Repatriation General Hospital, Daws Road, Daw Park, Adelaide 5041
The prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Saudi Arabia is 4.2% among the general population and 14.2% among smokers. Studies showed that management of respiratory diseases is inadequate. In this article, we have elaborated on how factors as health economic factors, lack of health-care providers, culture, attitude, lifestyle (such as smoking and physical inactivity), and lack of adherence to the evidence-based practice guidelines may influence chronic respiratory disease management in Saudi Arabia. We have to conclude that these factors should be taken into account while seeking to improve and optimize the quality of care for patients with respiratory diseases in Saudi Arabia.