This thesis describes the results of a series of studies that have been performed in the Eastern province in Saudi Arabia to evaluate and optimise the quality of care for patients with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) in Saudi Arabia. The results of this thesis highlighted two main aspects. The first aspect is the identification of the challenges and gaps in Saudi COPD management that currently exist that has led to sub-optimal management of COPD compared to national and international COPD guideline recommendations. This is a very important step because in this way limitations can be identified and provide possible solutions to optimise the quality of care for patients with COPD. The second aspect is improving and optimising the quality of care for patients with COPD by the provision of COPD guidelines training education program to increase health care provider’s and physician’s awareness and knowledge of COPD guidelines such as the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) GOLD and Saudi Initiative for Chronic Airway Disease(SICAD). In this final chapter, I will be discussing the results of this thesis in a wider circumstance, highlighted some methodological issues, and clarify the impact of these results in COPD care and future research.
Limitations that lead to sub-optimal management of patients with COPD
Challenges influencing management of COPD in Saudi Arabia in general
In Chapter 2 we have discussed an overview of challenges influencing…