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Evaluation of health care services provided for older adults in primary health care centers and its internal environment. A step towards age-friendly health centers

Evaluation of health care services provided for older adults in primary health care centers and its internal environment. A step towards age-friendly health centers
Evaluation of health care services provided for older adults in primary health care centers and its internal environment. A step towards age-friendly health centers
Objectives: to evaluate the health care services provided for older adults by primary health care centers (PHCCs) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and the ease of use of these centers by older adults.

Methods: between October 2013 and January 2014, we conducted a descriptive cross-sectional study of 15 randomly selected PHCCs in Riyadh City, KSA. The evaluation focused on basic indicators of clinical services offered and factors indicative of the ease of use of the centers by older adults. Evaluations were based upon the age-friendly PHCCs toolkit of the World Health Organization.

Results: coverage of basic health assessments (such as blood pressure, diabetes, and blood cholesterol) was generally good. However, fewer than half of the PHCCs offered annual comprehensive screening for the common age-related conditions. There was no screening for cancer. Counseling on improving lifestyle was provided by most centers. However, there was no standard protocol for counseling. Coverage of common vaccinations was poor. The layout of most PHCCs and their signage were good, except for lack of Braille signage. There may be issues of access of older adults to PHCCs through lack of public transport, limited parking opportunities, the presence of steps, ramps, and internal stairs, and the lack of handrails.

Conclusions: clinical services and the internal environment of PHCCs can be improved. The data will be useful for health-policy makers to improve PHCCs to be more age-friendly
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Alhamdan, A.A., Alshammari, S.A., Al-Amoud, M.M., Hameed, T.A., Al-Muammar, M.N., Bindawas, S.M., Al-Orf, S.M., Mohamed, A.G., Al-Ghamdi, E.A. and Calder, P.C. (2015) Evaluation of health care services provided for older adults in primary health care centers and its internal environment. A step towards age-friendly health centers. Saudi Medical Journal, 36 (9), 1091-1096. (doi:10.15537/smj.2015.9.11789). (PMID:26318467)

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Objectives: to evaluate the health care services provided for older adults by primary health care centers (PHCCs) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and the ease of use of these centers by older adults.

Methods: between October 2013 and January 2014, we conducted a descriptive cross-sectional study of 15 randomly selected PHCCs in Riyadh City, KSA. The evaluation focused on basic indicators of clinical services offered and factors indicative of the ease of use of the centers by older adults. Evaluations were based upon the age-friendly PHCCs toolkit of the World Health Organization.

Results: coverage of basic health assessments (such as blood pressure, diabetes, and blood cholesterol) was generally good. However, fewer than half of the PHCCs offered annual comprehensive screening for the common age-related conditions. There was no screening for cancer. Counseling on improving lifestyle was provided by most centers. However, there was no standard protocol for counseling. Coverage of common vaccinations was poor. The layout of most PHCCs and their signage were good, except for lack of Braille signage. There may be issues of access of older adults to PHCCs through lack of public transport, limited parking opportunities, the presence of steps, ramps, and internal stairs, and the lack of handrails.

Conclusions: clinical services and the internal environment of PHCCs can be improved. The data will be useful for health-policy makers to improve PHCCs to be more age-friendly

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 July 2015
Published date: September 2015
Organisations: Human Development & Health

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/381183
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Date deposited: 25 Sep 2015 11:23
Last modified: 25 Nov 2019 20:31

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Author: A.A. Alhamdan
Author: S.A. Alshammari
Author: M.M. Al-Amoud
Author: T.A. Hameed
Author: M.N. Al-Muammar
Author: S.M. Bindawas
Author: S.M. Al-Orf
Author: A.G. Mohamed
Author: E.A. Al-Ghamdi
Author: P.C. Calder

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