Assessment Of Osteoporosis Knowledge And Risk Of Sedentary Female Bank Employees | 41386
Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease and it needs to be aware of severity or precautions. It is likely to have a profound
effect on physical activity level and calcium intake. The aim of this study is to examine knowledge of osteoporosis (OP),
health behaviours, and health beliefs among a sample of women working in different branch banks in Ankara, Turkey. Women
completed a self-administered questionnaire providing age, weight, height and demographic profile data. The Osteoporosis
Knowledge Assessment Tool (OKAT) and International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) One-Minute OP Risk Test administered
to a 200 randomly selected, sedentary occupied women aged 21-54 years. OKAT contains 20 item instrument with true, false
and don’t know responses. The analysis was fulfilled by scoring 1 for a correct response and 0 for an incorrect or don’t know
response. The total score range was from 0 to 20. Other risk test includes 19 questions and analysis was performed by scoring
1 for a correct response and 0 for an incorrect response. The more women’s age and body mass index, the more risk of OP
(p<0.01). The status of education is related to OP risk. Women graduating from high school had more risk compared to upper
level educated women (p<0.05). The majority of women seemed to be largely unaware of the potential threat of OP, especially
targeting younger women, to cease progression of OP or carry a step further for any preventative interventions.
Nida Tokac Er has completed her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Hacettepe University. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Ankara University. Also, she is a Research Assistant at the same University.