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East Mediterr Health J. 2010 Jun;16(6):690-8.

Triage systems: a review of the literature with reference to Saudi Arabia.

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General Directorate of Mental Health and Social Services and Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


This review evaluates some of the international literature on triage in order to provide evidence-based data for the medical community in Saudi Arabia specifically and the Eastern Mediterranean Region in general. The aim is to encourage national health planners and decision-makers to apply formal triage systems in the emergency departments of general and specialist hospitals and other relevant health settings, including primary and psychiatric care. Research and training on triage is extremely limited in Saudi Arabia and the Region and this review highlights the need for more research on triage systems and for the inclusion of training on triage in medical education programmes.

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