Lifestyle habits and will being of primary health care physicians in Taif city
Enas Hasan Alahmadi, Adel Aloufi, Abdulaziz Saleh Althobaiti, Nouf Hasan Alahmadi
Background: Physicians are desirable to lead a favorable lifestyle not only for theirhealth status but also because of their role in guiding patients as a privilege and responsibility of taking a frontline role in promoting healthy lifestyle habits.Objectives: To assess the nature of the lifestyle habits and wellbeing of primary healthcare physicians.Material and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted within 2019 to 2020 among physicians working in all primary health care services in Taif city, Saudi Arabia. The English version of the updated questionnaire to assess the lifestyle and wellbeing was used. Results: One hundred physicians were included. Females represent 55% of them. Their age ranged between 26 and 68 years with a mean ± SD of 37.8±7.1 years. More than half (53%) of them perceived their health as “good” whereas 44% perceived it as “excellent”. Almost two-thirds of the physicians (64%) were either overweight (36%) or obese (28%). History of practicing physical activity during the usual week was observed among 31% of physicians. Only 41% of th physicians took breakfast almost every day. Ten percent of the physicians never eat fresh fruits while only 14% eat them almost every day and 26% eat vegetables every day. Their overall average sleeping hours/day was of 6.51±1.08 hours. Prevalence of daily smoking among the physicians was 13%. Almost one-fourth of the physicians (22%) utilized TV/DVD appliances or computer or lap top 3-5 hours/day or more. Almost a quarter of them (28.2%) usually talk on the phone while driving and 38.5% usually text or use social media services while driving.Conclusion: Despite a considerable proportion of the primary healthcare physicians in Taif city, KSA were not following Healthy life style, majority of them perceived their health as either “good” or “excellent”.
Enas Hasan Alahmadi, Adel Aloufi, Abdulaziz Saleh Althobaiti, Nouf Hasan Alahmadi. Lifestyle habits and will being of primary health care physicians in Taif city. International Journal of Medical and Health Research, Volume 7, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 101-111