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Background: Radiological procedures are being used much more these days. Patients must be given sufficient information, in a way that they canunderstand, to be able to make the right decisions about their care. Objectives: To examine health beliefs and assessment level of awareness toward radiation exposure risk among the general population of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross sectional analytical questionnaire based study among the general population of Makkah City. Results: A total of 360 subjects answered the questionnaires. The mean age were 36 years, ranged from 16 to 70 and 45.2% females and 43.7% male respondents.Of these, 67% had attended college, 5% had postgraduate degree, 23.5% had completed high school, and 3.1%hadbasic school. The majority of participants had high level of monthly income (38%). The majority of subjects included in the research were (59.6%) married and (51.3%)were unemployed. Most subjects (338)had poor knowledge about hazards of exposure to radiation and there was no association between the knowledge and demographics of participants except for education as the higher the levels of education, the more significant association with good knowledge. Conclusion: The knowledge of radiation exposure hazards was poor among the studied population.Also, education significantly impacts the knowledge of radiation risks thus there is a need for providing the patients with necessary information to improve theirradiation awareness.

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[Bader Ali yahya asiri, Basim Abdularzzak Felmban, Abdul aziz Jamaan Alzahrani, Awdah Abdulrahman Alkhathami, Mohammed Ali Alzubaidi, Bader Ibrahim Asiri, Ahmed Abulhuda Olfat, Saeed Yahya Asiri and Amjad Turki fakieh. (2017); ASSESSMENT LEVEL OF AWARENESS TOWARD RADIATION EXPOSURE RISK AMONG COMMUNITY IN MAKKAH CITY. Int. J. of Adv. Res. 5 (1). 993-1002] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

Basim Abdularzzak felemban
medical student


Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/2842       DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/2842

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