Do Patients Know Their Physicians' Names and Their Specialties? Results from King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Salih Binsalih
Omar Al Harthi
Mohammad Qahtani
Abdullah Al Sayyari


Patients, Physician name, Specialty


Objective: To determine if inpatients in medical wards are aware who their most responsible physician (MRP) is and what is the nature of his/her specialty and if this awareness is influenced by age, sex, method of admission and the length of hospital stay.

Methods: A cross-sectional study conducted at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh.

Results: One hundred patients completed the survey from 7 different wards. 66% were male and two-thirds of the patients were over the age of 60 years, and 55% were inpatients for more than 10 days. Overall respondents, 43% knew the name of their MRP whereas 57% did not.

Conclusion: Reduced awareness was more often observed in female gender, older age and being admitted through Emergency Department. It's recommended that MRPs' names on signboards be written in Arabic and English in all wards.

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