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Title: An evaluation of the Saudi referral system
Author: Aldarrak, K. A.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1999
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This thesis started with the assumption that there are major defects in the Saudi referral system between GPs and specialists in hospitals. An ideal referral system was created from different resources in order to compare it with the Saudi one. In a latter stage of this research, it became apparent that these defects were only symptoms of the defects in the whole Saudi PHC system. Four different research methods were used to measure how close the ideal the Saudi referral system was, namely; questionnaires, interviewees, field observation and triangulation (city, town and village). The data gathered from GP, specialists and MOH officials indicated that the Saudi referral system is very far from ideal, (only 33.86%). There is a lot of work to be done in areas like communication between GPs and specialists, but more particularly with the nature of the PHC system including the availability of financial resources allocated to the system. Some of these problems have nothing to do with the MOH, but rather with the basic infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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