What is it about?

This study evaluated physicians’ perception and diagnosis of intestinal parasitic infections (IPI) in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. This cross-sectional survey used a Google form questionnaire distributed online. Demographic and clinical practice information was solicited, including if “IPI was considered as a diagnosis in the last patient seen,” “if stool investigation was requested among the last patients seen,” and physicians’ perception of the burden of IPI in the country.

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Why is it important?

Intestinal parasitic infections (IPI) are common parasitic infections reported globally but predominantly seen in tropical areas especially in places bedeviled by poor socioeconomic situations like poor sanitation, inadequate potable water supply, open defecation, and poor personal hygiene. In Ghana, IPI is a well-recognized public health problem. No study in Ghana has looked at the diagnostic practice of the physicians concerning IPI; hence, this study evaluates physicians’ perception and how they diagnose cases of IPI in patients with gastrointestinal symptoms.


The consideration of IPI as a diagnosis among patients with GI symptoms and request for stool investigations was low among physicians in this study. Further engagements with physicians in Ghana are needed to help improve their diagnosis of IPI in patients with GI symptoms.

Dr Adekunle Sanyaolu

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This page is a summary of: Physician Perception and Diagnosis of Intestinal Parasitic Infections among Patients with Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Ghana, Journal of Parasitology Research, April 2021, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2021/6695313.
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