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THE IMPORTANCE OF UNIVERSAL PERIODIC LABORATORY EXAMINATION

 

Rana G Zaini

ABSTRACT: Data from several studies have showed that many people are unaware of the importance of universal periodic examination and its importance in the early detection of different disorders such as diabetic. Early detection aims at discovering and curing conditions which have already produced pathological change but which have not so far reached a stage at which medical aid is sought spontaneously. Effective and early detection of disease requires not only the alert and prevention-oriented medical profession but also needs the public co-operation in the operation. The aim of this study was to assess the awareness level among Saudi and non-Saudi male and female. Method: three electronic-page of self-completion questionnaire was developed and covered: general information about participants, as well as their awareness about the importance of periodic examinations. Results: unfortunately, the study revealed that out of 216 participants, only 47% had performed laboratory tests recently such as hemoglobin level and blood glucose level. On the other hand, the majority had not performed any laboratory investigations and 5% were not sure if they did the check up laboratory tests or not. This study was also observed that the majority of the participants 72.2% had a positive family history of diabetes, hypertension or/and heart disease. Conclusion: thus, this study suggested that some laboratory screening tests should be offered for high risk individual at specific age among the community and only for the common diseases such as diabetes.

 

KEYWORDS: Awareness, Laboratory, Periodic, Examination

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