Osteoporosis does not only causes increase economic burden, it also leads to social, physical and psychological consequences. The incidence of osteoporosis has been increasing particularly due to increase in life expectancy of general population which affects women to a greater extent than men. Despite of availability treatment for osteoporosis, prevention is still preferable to combat this disease. A good knowledge and awareness of a disease are pre-requisites for the success of preventive measures, modifications in life styles and treatment adherence. This cross-sectional study was conducted with the purpose of assessing the level of knowledge, belief and self-efficacy regarding osteoporosis among female academician in a public university in Malaysia. Total 212 respondents were agreed to participate. Data was collection by a structured questionnaire consisting of Osteoporosis Knowledge Test (OKT); Osteoporosis Health Belief Scale (OHBS); Osteoporosis Self-Efficacy Scale (OSES). Participants had low level of knowledge on osteoporosis; low level of belief of susceptibility but higher self-efficacy. Public wakefulness of osteoporosis remains low, health education is effective in improving awareness among female which can be one of the best choices for increasing knowledge of osteoporosis and inducing behavioral change in the period of peak bone density.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
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