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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Emergency Medicine / organization & administration
  • Emergency Nursing / organization & administration
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Services, Psychiatric / organization & administration
  • Evidence-Based Practice / organization & administration
  • Health Planning / organization & administration
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Hospitals, General
  • Hospitals, Special
  • Humans
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Psychometrics
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Time Factors
  • Total Quality Management
  • Triage / organization & administration*