Knowledge and attitude of general practitioners to osteoporosis, Shiraz, 2004


Negin Hadi 1 , * , Ramin Shirali 2

1 Associate Professor Department of Community Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor Educational Development Center, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran.

How to Cite: Hadi N, Shirali R. Knowledge and attitude of general practitioners to osteoporosis, Shiraz, 2004, Hormozgan Med J. 2007 ; 10(4):e90202.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 10 (4); e90202
Published Online: November 12, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: January 05, 2005
Accepted: November 12, 2006


Introduction: Osteoporosis-related fractures may lead to disability and even
death. Because osteoporosis is usually asymptomatic until a fracture occurs,
physicians must identify high risk patients and manage them appropriately. The
objective of this study is to assess knowledge and attitude of general practitioners
(GPs) of Shiraz with regard to osteoporosis.
Methods: The survey was conducted via a questionnaire which was distributed
among GPs of Shiraz. They were asked about the risk factors, diagnosis and
treatment modalities and also regarding their attitude toward the disease, prevention
and their role in this regard. Chi square and t-test were used for data analysis.
Results: 241 (65%) of physicians returned the questionnaire. Although most of
physicians realize the magnitude of problem, about half of them consider their
role not as crucial.
Conclusion: This study highlights the need for extensive instruction to extend
GPs knowledge and attitude with regard to osteoporosis and reconsidering
continuous medical education (CME) of physicians.



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