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Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Doaa Abdulkalig Aboalola, Dalal Malibari, Moayad Baadhaim, Loay Haneef, Nourah Alotaybi, Raniah Zamzami.

Abstract
Background: Stem cell treatment is still in the phase of clinical trials and is not ready to be used by the public for skin regeneration, hair growth, or reducing the signs of aging. Marketable and commercial products, as well as treatments, of unproven stem cell use is an expanding issue in Saudi Arabia. We see the increasing number of products that claim to have useful stem cells for skin regeneration and to delay the signs of aging. Not only that, but also the rising number of beauty salons and centers that offer stem cell treatments (for skin or hair) with a high price. Therefore, our aim was to assess the level of public awareness and the level of acceptance for stem cell treatments by the public in Saudi Arabia. Methods: Voluntary questionnaire of 18 questions focused on demographics, awareness, knowledge, and attitude was distributed randomly among the public. Results: In this report, we received replies from 851 participants and showed that almost half of the population, 47%, are willing to try or recommend un-licensed stem cell treatments abroad. Also, around 40% are willing to try a stem cell treatment offered by a salon or a beauty center either for hair or facial. Additionally, around quarter of the participants are willing to buy and pay more for products that claim to have stem cells as they believe that it works better than other products without “stem cells”. Conclusions: There is a need to improve the society’s health education related to stem cell knowledge, and we aspire to set a baseline for health believes and to administer better behavior and knowledge which will help improve the public choices and minimize the risk of stem cell tourism and commercial marketing deception.

Key words: stem cell treatment, false advertising, unproven treatments, public knowledge, Saudi Arabia


 
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Aboalola DA, Malibari D, Baadhaim M, Haneef L, Alotaybi N, Zamzami R. Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. doi:10.5455/ajms.32


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Aboalola DA, Malibari D, Baadhaim M, Haneef L, Alotaybi N, Zamzami R. Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. http://www.ajms.tk/?mno=99301 [Access: April 26, 2020]. doi:10.5455/ajms.32


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Aboalola DA, Malibari D, Baadhaim M, Haneef L, Alotaybi N, Zamzami R. Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. doi:10.5455/ajms.32



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Aboalola DA, Malibari D, Baadhaim M, Haneef L, Alotaybi N, Zamzami R. Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. doi:10.5455/ajms.32



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Aboalola, D. A., Malibari, . D., Baadhaim, . M., Haneef, . L., Alotaybi, . N. & Zamzami, . R. (0) Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. doi:10.5455/ajms.32



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Aboalola, Doaa Abdulkalig, Dalal Malibari, Moayad Baadhaim, Loay Haneef, Nourah Alotaybi, and Raniah Zamzami. 0. Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. doi:10.5455/ajms.32



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Aboalola, Doaa Abdulkalig, Dalal Malibari, Moayad Baadhaim, Loay Haneef, Nourah Alotaybi, and Raniah Zamzami. "Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." doi:10.5455/ajms.32



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Aboalola, Doaa Abdulkalig, Dalal Malibari, Moayad Baadhaim, Loay Haneef, Nourah Alotaybi, and Raniah Zamzami. "Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." doi:10.5455/ajms.32



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Aboalola, D. A., Malibari, . D., Baadhaim, . M., Haneef, . L., Alotaybi, . N. & Zamzami, . R. (0) Public Assessment on Stem Cell Research: Awareness, Attitude, and Knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. doi:10.5455/ajms.32