Prevalence of Ear, Nose & Throat diseases and Adequacy of ENT training among General Physicians

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Prevalence of Ear, Nose & Throat diseases and Adequacy of ENT training among General Physicians

Muhammad Farooq*, Shakeel Ghani** and Sadiq Hussain***

*Department of ENT, AJK Medical College Muzaffarabad, **Department of ENT, Paediatrics***, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed (MBBS) Medical College, Mirpur, Azad Kashmir

Abstract :

Background: Among general physiciens (GPs) consultations, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) diseases account for about 25% in adults and up to 50% in children. General physiciens are required to have adequate training to deliver efficient primary health care. This study was aimed to find prevalence of ENT diseases and adequacy of ENT training among GPs in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Methods: This prospective study was conducted among hundred (100) GPs; having more than 1 year experience, of major cities of AJK. A performa was designed and distributed. The responses were collected and analysed.

Results: Prevalence of ENT diseases in adults was 24% and in children 38%. Majority of GPs (72-96%) stated that there should be improvement in undergraduate training and arrangement of 4−8 weeks ENT house job rotation as well as ENT continuous medical education (CME) programs.

         

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