Beliefs and knowledge of Osteoporosis amongst female graduate students in Karachi, Pakistan: A cross-sectional study

Authors

  • Shaheera Kamal 4th Year MBBS Student, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Syed Muhammad Mubeen Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sufiyan Kamal 3rd Year MBBS Student, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Syed Muhammad Mubashir 3rd Year MBBS Student, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.1065

Abstract

Abstract

Objective: To assess the knowledge, belief and preventive measures taken regarding osteoporosis by students of different non-medical educational backgrounds.

Methods: The descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from January to March, 2018, at one private-sector and two public-sector universities in Karachi, and comprised female participants aged >15 years from engineering, commerce, social and pure sciences background.  Osteoporosis Knowledge Assessment Tool questionnaire was self-administered to collect data which was analysed using SPSS 23.

Results: There were 400 females with a mean age of 20.55±1.66 years. The overall mean score was 46.49±12.83 and 43(10.8) subjects had a good score, 204(51%) had an average score and 150(37%) had a poor score regarding knowledge about osteoporosis.  Also, 186(47%) subjects identified previous studies as their source about osteoporosis, 103(26%) gained knowledge by health professionals and 62(16%) did it through electronic media. The knowledge on risk factors, protective factors and perceived susceptibility were significant (p<0.05) when compared by type of study and age.

Conclusion: The knowledge of the disease was found to be insufficient, indicating need for generating awareness regarding osteoporosis.

Key Words: Osteoporosis, Bone loss, Age-related, women, Post-menopausal. Continuous...

Published

2020-10-30

How to Cite

Shaheera Kamal, Syed Muhammad Mubeen, Sufiyan Kamal, & Syed Muhammad Mubashir. (2020). Beliefs and knowledge of Osteoporosis amongst female graduate students in Karachi, Pakistan: A cross-sectional study. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.1065

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Section

KAP STUDY