Perceptions of primary healthcare physicians in Jordan of their role in the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study

Rami Saadeh, Mahmoud A. Alfaqih, Amjad Al-Shdaifat, Mohammad Alyahya, Nasr Alrabadi, Yousef Khader, Othman Beni Yonis, Mohammed Z. Allouh

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Background: Following the remarkable spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), worldwide, it quickly became apparent that many public health systems worldwide were not prepared to manage such a pandemic. We aimed to assess the perceptions of primary care physicians (PCPs) in Jordan towards their role during COVID-19. Methods: A cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire was performed. The study participants included PCPs from the Ministry of Health, academic institutions, and the private sector in Jordan. Results: A total of 221 PCPs participated in the study. Most participants reported not having received any training on infection control (59.7%) or COVID-19 (81%). More than half PCPs (53.4%) felt positive about the way patients received and/or complied with their instructions. More than half PCPs (55.7%) educated their patients on protective measures against COVID-19 infection and considered this as part of their role and responsibility. Over 80% of the participants would apply social distancing, hand sanitation, facial masks, and patient education, but only half (51.1%) reported planning to order COVID-19 test kits. Conclusions: PCPs had a positive attitude towards controlling COVID-19 infection and showed a willingness to educate patients on how to protect themselves. However, PCPs should be provided special training on COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14797
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Practice
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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