A survey of the knowledge of the military and civilian medical practitioners in the Royal Medical Service in the Kingdom of Bahrain with regards to the clinical application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Thesis (MScMedSc)--Stellenbosch University, 2012.
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A survey was conducted between 3 August and 5 October 2011 to test and evaluate the knowledge and attitudes of the military and civilian medical practitioners at the royal medical Service in the kingdom of Bahrain with regards to the clinical application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The survey consisted of a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview in which a total of 93 (out of a possible 302) medical practitioners were included (13 participated in the interviews). Similar to findings of previous studies, the knowledge of medical practitioners in Bahrain regarding hyperbaric oxygen therapy was low. Several practitioners were able to mention at least one indication for the therapy. No single factor had a statistically significant association with knowledge or the lack thereof. A large proportion of the participants had a positive attitude towards the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, felt that it is a valid treatment modality and they would refer their patients for such treatment. They would like to receive more information on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Educational interventions to address the knowledge gap would likely be effective, since most participants have a positive attitude towards the therapy and believe that it is cost-effective.