KAIMRC, P.O Box 22490, Riyadh 11426 Saudi Arabia.

Population Health Research

  • Dr. Fadia Saleh Buhairan

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The Population Health Research section was founded with an aim to contribute to the knowledge and implementation of public health at National and regional levels. Our vision is to be the leading regional reference for population health research that induces meaningful change in policy and practice, through establishing a robust and sustainable research ecosystem with multidisciplinary capabilities and effective partnerships.

The section currently consists of three health programs; Adolescent Health Research Program, Military Health Research Program, and Trauma Research Program. Capacity for each program is currently being built through recruitment and training of qualified staff, skilled in designing and conducting research studies and disseminating knowledge gained from its output. The studies will be specifically targeted to addressing current gaps in public health knowledge, health service provision and quality. For each platform, staff will include a team of epidemiologists, research assistants, research coordinators, research aides, and data collectors.

Dr. Fadia AlBuhairan is an Associate Professor and Consultant of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences at the Ministry of the National Guard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She is the Head of Population Health Research and the Leader of the Adolescent Health Research Program at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, and also the President of the Arab Coalition for Adolescent Medicine and Vice President of the Saudi Society for Adolescent Health.  Dr. AlBuhairan is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States.

Dr. AlBuhairan completed her postgraduate residency training in Pediatrics and thereafter pursued a Clinical Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. She is a pioneer of Adolescent Medicine in the Arab world and has expertise in the complexity and management of adolescent and youth health issues. She established the first specialty adolescent health service and adolescent health research program in the region. Dr. AlBuhairan is the lead researcher of the national study ‘Jeeluna’ which addresses the health status and needs of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This landmark study, the first of its kind in the region, has generated the evidence base for translation into the necessary health policy, services, and programs to address adolescents’ health needs. By viewing health in a holistic way, Dr. AlBuhairan recognizes that in order to achieve the wellbeing of children and adolescents, a multi-sectoral approach is essential. Through her combined medical and public health expertise and her work with national and international organizations, she advocates for the need of building capacity in adolescent health and establishing widespread dedicated adolescent health services and resources regionally and globally. She aspires for strategically planning and developing the needed health policies addressing children and adolescents’ needs at country and systems’ levels. Dr. AlBuhairan has received several research grants and has published original research articles and book chapters. Her research interests include adolescent health risk behaviors, health policy, health services, and chronic illness. She is proactive in promoting and advocating for the wellbeing and needs of adolescents through affiliation with national and international organizations and serves on numerous committees both locally and internationally.

  • Military Health Research Program
  • Trauma Research Program
  • KAIMRC National Health Survey
  • Arabi, Y.M., et al., Critically Ill Patients With the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. Critical Care Medicine, 9000. Publish Ahead of Print.
  • Almutairi, A.F., A.A. Adlan, and M. Nasim, Perceptions of the critical cultural competence of registered nurses in Canada. BMC Nursing, 2017. 16(1): p. 47.
  • Almutairi, A.F., et al., “It feels like I’m the dirtiest person in the world.”: Exploring the experiences of healthcare providers who survived MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia. J Infect Public Health, 2017.
  • Mokdad, A.H., Intentional injuries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990-2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. Int J Public Health, 2017.
  • Al-Turki, A.A., et al., Predictors of blood transfusion following total knee replacement at a tertiary care center in Central Saudi Arabia. Saudi Med J, 2017. 38(6): p. 598-603.
  • Taylor, S., Borzutzky, C., Jasik, C.B., Mihalopoulos, N.L., Smith-Barron, K., Woolford, S.J., Garber, A., McPherson, M., AlBuhairan, F.S., Kohn, M., Garland, B.H., Docter, A.D. Preventing and treating adolescent obesity: A position paper of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. J Adol Health 2016;59:602-606.
  • Alghnam S, Castillo RC . (2016). Persistent opioids use and traumatic injuries in the United States: Findings from a nationally representative survey. Injury prevention Inj Prev, doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042059
  • Almuneef, M., Hollinshead, D., Saleheen, H., AlMadani, S., Derkash, B., AlBuhairan, F., Al-Eissa, M., Fluke, J. Adverse childhood experiences and association with health, mental health, and risky behavior in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Child Abuse & Neglect 2016; 60: 10-17.
  • Lim, S., Allen, K., Bhutta, Z., AlBuhairan, F., et al. (2016). Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet (Online 21 Sept 2016). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ S0140-6736(16)31467-2
  • Mokdad, A., Forouzanfar, M., Daoud, F., El Bcheraoui, C., AlBuhairan, F., et al. (2016). Health in Times of Uncertainty: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990-2013. The Lancet Global Health (Online 24 Aug 2016).
  • Mokdad, A., Forouzanfar, M., Daoud, F., Mokdad, A., AlBuhairan, F., et al. (2016). Global burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors for young people’s health during 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet May 2016.
  • Kyu, H., Pinho, C., Wagner, J., Brown, J., AlBuhairan, F., et al. (2016). Global and National Burden of Diseases and Injuries Among Children and Adolescents Between 1990 and 2013 Findings From the Global Burden of Disease 2013 Study. JAMA Pediatrics, 2016 Mar 1; 170 (3):267-87. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.4276
  • Alghnam S, Schneider E, Castillo RC. (2016). Insurance status and health-related quality of life disparities after trauma: Results from a nationally representative survey in the United States. Quality of Life Research 2016 Apr; 25(4):987-95.
  • Alghnam S, Vanness D, Gaskin D, Thorpe R, Castillo RC. (2016). Estimating annual medical and out-of-pocket expenditures associated with traumatic injuries in the United States. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Feb;80(2):258-64.
  • Baragaba B, Alghnam S, Bernacki E. (2016). Work-related injuries and health-related quality of life among U.S. workers: a longitudinal study of a population-based sample. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2016 April; 58 (4):385-90.
  • Alghnam S, Tinkoff G, Castillo RC. (2016). Longitudinal assessment of injury recidivism among adults in the United States: Findings from a population-based sample. Injury Epidemiology; 2016;3:5.
  • Al Eissa, M., Saleheen, H., Almadani, S., AlBuhairan, F., et al. (2016). Determining Prevalence of Maltreatment among Children in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Child: Care, Health & Development, 2016 Feb 15. doi: 10.1111/cch.12325.
  • AlBuharian F.S., Nasim M., et al. (2016). Health related quality of life and family impact among adolescents in Saudi Arabia. Diabetes Research Clinical Practice, 2016 Apr;114:173-9
  • AlBuhairan FS, et al., (2016). Bullying in early adolescence: An exploratory study in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpam.2016.01.002
  • Alshutwi SS, Almutairi A.F (2016) Work-Family Conflict and the Role of Family Supervisor Support as a Promising Approach to Retain Qualified Nurses. J Nurs Care 5:322. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000322
  • Alghnam S, Wegner S, Bhalla K, Castillo RC. (2015). Long-term outcomes of individuals injured in traffic crashes: a population-based study” Injury 2015 Aug;46(8):1503-8.
  • AlBuhairan, F. S., Tamim, H., Al Dubayee, M., Aldhukair, S., Al Shehri, S., Tamimi, W., Al Alwan, I. (2015). Time for an Adolescent Health Surveillance System in Saudi Arabia: Findings from “jeeluna”. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57(3), 263-269.
  • Fadia AlBuhairan. (2015) Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the Arab Region: Where we are and what we must do. J Adol Health 2015; 57(3): 249-251. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.06.010 (Invited Editorial)
  • Almutairi, A. F., Dahinten, S, & Rodney, P. (2015). Almutairi’s Critical Cultural Competence Model for a Multicultural Healthcare Environment. Journal of Nursing Inquiry, 2015 Dec;22(4):317-25. doi: 10.1111/nin.12099.
  • Almutairi, A. F. (2015). Fostering a Supportive Moral Climate for Health Care Providers: Toward Cultural Safety and Equity. NursingPlus Open Journal, 1, 1-4.
  • Almutairi, A. F. (2015). Colorectal cancer in Saudi Arabia: Moving collectively forward to reduce the risks. Journal of medicine and medical sciences, 6(2), 33-34.
  • Almutairi, A. F. (2015). Mental illness in Saudi Arabia: An overview. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 8, 47-49.
  • Almutairi, A. F., McCarthy, A., & Gardner, G. (2015). Understanding cultural competence in a multicultural nursing workforce: Registered nurses’ experience in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26(1), 16-23.
  • Sumaily, A, & Almutairi, A. F. (2015). A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials of Nurse-Led Educational Interventions for Adults with Asthma. Journal of medicine and medical sciences, 6(1), 72-81.
  • AlBuhairan, F., AlMutairi, A., Al Eissa, M., Naeem, M., Almuneef, M. (2014). Non-suicidal self strangulation among adolescents in Saudi Arabia: Case series of the Choking game. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 2015;30:43-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2014.12.015
  • Alghnam S, Palta M, Hamedani A, Alkelya M, Remington PL, Durkin MS. (2014). Predicting in-hospital death among patients injured in traffic crashes in Saudi Arabia” Injury. 2014 Nov; 45(11):1693-9.
  • Alghnam S, Alkelya M, Albedah K, Alenazi S. (2014). Burden of traumatic injuries in Saudi Arabia: lessons from a major trauma registry in Saudi Arabia” Ann Saudi Med. 2014 Jul-Aug; 34(4):291-6
  • Al-Eissa, M., AlBuhairan, F., Qayad, M., Saleheen, H., Ranyan, D., Almuneef, M. (2014). Determining Child Maltreatment Incidence in Saudi Arabia Using the ICAST-CH: A pilot study. Child Abuse & Neglect 2014 Sep 11. pii: S0145-2134(14)00308-1. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.08.016.
  • Alghnam S, Palta M, L Remington P, Mullahy J, S Durkin M. (2014). The association between motor vehicle injuries and health related quality of life: a longitudinal study of a population-based sample in the United States” Qual Life Res. 2014 Feb; 23(1):119-27
  • Almutairi, A. F., Rodney, P. (2013). Critical cultural competence for culturally diverse workforces: Toward equitable and peaceful health care. Advances in Nursing Science, 36(3), 200–212.
  • AlBuhairan, F. & Olsson, T. (2014). Advancing adolescent health and health services in Saudi Arabia: Exploring healthcare providers’ training, interest and perceptions of the healthcare needs of young people. Adv Med Educ Pract 2014;5: 281-287.
  • Almuneef, M., Qayad, M., Aleissa, M., Albuhairan, F. (2014). Adverse childhood experiences, chronic diseases, and risky health behaviors in Saudi Arabian adults: A pilot study. Child Abuse & Neglect 2014 Jun 25. pii: S0145-2134(14)00215-4. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.06.003.
  • Ng, M., Fleming, T., Robinson, M., Thomson, B., Graetz, N., Margono, C., Mullany, E.C., Biryukov, S., Abbafati, C., Abera, S.F., Abraham, J.P., Abu-Rmeileh, N.M., Achoki, T., AlBuhairan, F.S., Alemu, Z.E., et al. (2014). Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet May 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ S0140-6736(14)60460-8.
  • Mokdad, A., Jaber, S., Abdel Aziz, M., AlBuhairan, F., AlGhaithi, A., AlHamad, N., Al-Hooti, S., et. al. (2014). Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors in the Arab World 1990-2010. Lancet 2014, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62189-3.
  • Alghnam S, Palta M, Hamedani A, Alkelya M, Remington PL, Albedah K, Durkin MS. (2014). In-Hospital Mortality Among Patients Injured in Motor Vehicle Crashes in a Saudi Arabian Hospital Relative to Large U.S. Trauma Centers” Injury Epidemiology, 2014 1:21.
  • Almuneef, M.A., Qayad, M., Noor, I.K., Al-Eissa, M.A., AlBuhairan, F.S., Inam, S., Mikton, C. (2013). Multidimensional model to assess the readiness of Saudi Arabia to implement evidence based child maltreatment prevention programs at a large scale. Child Abuse & Neglect 2013.
  • Almutairi, A. F., Gardner, G., & McCarthy, A. (2013). Practical guidance for use of pattern matching technique in case study research: A case presentation. Nursing and Health Sciences, 16(2), 239-44.
  • Almutairi, A. F., Gardner, G., & McCarthy, A. (2013). Perceptions of clinical safety climate of the multicultural nursing workforce in Saudi Arabia: A cross- sectional survey. Collegian journal: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 20(3), 187–194.
  • N Fnais, M Al-Nasser, M Zamakshari, W AboZnadah, M Saadeh, S AlDhukair, A Al-Qarni, B Bokhari, T Alshaeri, A BinAhmed. (2013). Prevalence of harassment and discrimination among residents in three training hospitals in Saudi Arabia. The Annals of Saudi Medicine. 2013 Mar-Apr; 33(2): 134-9
  • Abdullah Alkhayal, Shahla Aldhukair, Nahar Alselaim, Salah Aldekhayel, Sultan Alhabdan, Waleed Altaweel, Mohi Elden Magzoub, Mohammed Zamakhshary. (2012). Toward an objective assessment of technical skills: A national survey of surgical program directors in Saudi Arabia. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 2012:3 97–104
  • Alnasser, M., AlSelaim, N., AlDhukair, S., Elbedah, K., Tamim, H., Alazzam, S., AlTokhais, T., Alenazi,S., Zamakhshary, M. (2012). Patterns of pediatric trauma in Ramadan: An observational study. Annals of Pediatric Surgery: January 2012 – Volume 8 – Issue 1 – p 9–1