Original Research

Awareness of audiology and speech-language pathology services among healthcare professionals in Saudi Arabia

Ahmad A. Alanazi, Mohammed F. ALHarbi, Abrar M. AlMutairi, Maryam A. AlRashied, Reham Abed
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 71, No 1 | a1043 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v71i1.1043 | © 2024 Ahmad A. Alanazi, Mohammed F. ALHarbi, Abrar M. AlMutairi, Maryam A. AlRashied, Reham Abed | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2024 | Published: 07 June 2024

About the author(s)

Ahmad A. Alanazi, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Mohammed F. ALHarbi, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, College of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, Taibah University, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarrah, Saudi Arabia
Abrar M. AlMutairi, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Research Unit, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Maryam A. AlRashied, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Reham Abed, Medical and Surgical Ward, King Saud Medical City, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

Background: Healthcare professionals are required to work effectively together to deliver the best healthcare services. Without awareness of other healthcare professionals’ roles and responsibilities, interprofessional practice (IPP) cannot be optimally achieved.

Objectives: This study aimed to investigate healthcare professionals’ awareness of audiology and speech-language pathology (SLP) services in Saudi Arabia.

Method: This cross-sectional descriptive study consisted of two parts. The content of a 20-item paper questionnaire was firstly validated. The full-scale study addressed the aim through distributing questionnaire items among potential participants. Descriptive statistics and chi-square test were used.

Results: A total of 403 participants completed the questionnaires for the main study. Most of the participants were Saudi citizens (84.1%), aged 18 years – 40 years (84.8%) years, and lived in Riyadh region (76.2%). Allied health professionals (40.2%), physicians (22.6%), nursing (15.4%) and dentistry (11.2%) were the main group of participants working mainly at governmental hospitals (69.2%). Of the total participants, 92.6% and 95.3% reported being fully aware of the services provided by audiologists and SLPs, respectively. No statistically significant association between the specialty of participants and their familiarity with the scope of practice for SLPs and audiologists was determined.

Conclusion: Our study examined healthcare professionals’ awareness of audiology and SLP services and revealed a high level of awareness.

Contribution: The existed level of awareness is expected to facilitate IPP and enhance the quality of care. Still, awareness campaigns about audiology and SLP services are needed to address the existing lack of knowledge among some healthcare professionals.


Keywords

audiology; awareness; interprofessional practice; knowledge; Saudi Arabia; speech-language pathology

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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