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KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICE OF COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING AMONG PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PHYSICIANS IN TAIF CITY, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, 2019

Rayan Ayesh Aljabri and Mohammed Al-Zaydi

Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is an important tool for early diagnosis and prevention; however, global screening rates remain low. Several CRC screening standards have recently been revised.  Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in a period started on February 1, 2019. A Self-administered Questionnaire was distributed to PCPs in Taif city, Saudi Arabia, to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice towards CRC cancer screening. Results: 216 PCPs were included in the study; 65.1% were males and with a mean age (30±4). Age (P=0.000), marital status (P=0.001), years of experience (P=0.000), job title (P=0.000), and monthly income (P=0.000) were significantly associated with knowledge scores. Age (P=0.003), years of experience (P=0.006), job title (P=0.002), and the monthly income (P=0.018) were significantly associated with the attitude scores. Conclusion: We demonstrated high knowledge levels and positive attitudes towards CRC screening among PCPs in Taif city, Saudi Arabia. However, knowledge about the stopping age of screening and FOBT home knit was relatively low. Besides, attitudes towards the effectiveness of double-contrast barium enema were also low. The current findings established a significant association between age, years of experience, job title, and monthly income with higher scores of knowledge and attitudes.

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