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Counseling strategies for nutritional anemia by family physicians in Saudi Arabia, 2016
  1. Fakhralddin Abbas Mohammed Elfakki1,2 and
  2. Njood Suliman Muhammed AlBarrak3
  1. 1. Assistant Professor of Community Medicine, Family and Community Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine Tabuk University, Tabuk Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2. Health Consultant at Vision Health Consultancy, Khartoum, Sudan
  3. 3. Faculty of medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  1. Corresponding Author: Njood Suliman Muhammed AlBarrak Internship student, Faculty of medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia E-mail: njoodsb{at}

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Context Prevalence of nutritional anemia among Saudi female and children is evident and has been reflected in different studies, most of researchers conclude that there is a gap in dietary counseling in addition to the poor awareness of community about appropriate dietary habits; this study is trying to assess counseling behavior and training competency of family physician at primary health centers with respect to nutritional anemia.

Objective Study objective is to assess general beliefs, practice, and level of training in counseling by family physician.

Methodology This is a cross-sectional study design; data collected using self-administered questionnaire provided to the doctor at clinic site.

Results The most commonly learned counseling technique in order as follows motivational interviewing (68%), cognitive behavioral therapy (58%), and 15-Minute Hour approach (53%).

Conclusion This study confirms the presence of positive counseling beliefs and practices by family physicians; however, the result is also reflects the current reluctant state of family physicians in devoting ample time for nutritional anemia counseling.

  • Counseling
  • beliefs
  • dietary habits
  • nutritional anemia

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