Assessment of Knowledge Regarding Osteoporosis Among Female Medical Students at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

  • Utkarsh Shahi
  • Muntadher Essa AlSaleh
  • Mojtaba Ali BoKheder
  • Mohammed Saleh AlBattat
  • Mustafa Mohammed Al-Ali
  • Tumadhir Abdullah Alkishi
  • Mohammed Abdullah Alshareet
  • Zainab Salman Al Shuhayb
  • Essa Mohammed AlSaleh
Keywords: Knowledge, Osteoporosis, Medical Students, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

Introduction: Osteoporosis is a worldwide public health problem that affects both male and females. It is a silent progressive disorder that affects the skeletal system and leads to diminished bone density and fracture. Therefore, awareness, attitude, and practices of people about osteoporosis contribute significantly to primary prevention and early detection of disease.

Objective: the present study conducted to assess the knowledge of the female medical students at King Faisal University about osteoporosis in Saudi Arabia.

Study design: A cross-sectional study conducted at the medical college of King Faisal University at Al-Ahsa region, Saudi Arabia. The study included all female medical students at King Faisal University, through an online self-administered questionnaire using the Osteoporosis Knowledge Assessment Tool (OKAT) questionnaire.

Results: The total number of participants was 176 female medical students, with 58.7% response rate. The age of participants ranged between 17 and 27 years, with a mean and standard deviation of 21.46±1.54 years. The participant's knowledge score about osteoporosis was as follow: 65.1% had satisfactory knowledge, 32.2% had poor knowledge, and only 2.3% of the participant had good knowledge.

Conclusion: Most of the participants had a satisfactory knowledge score on osteoporosis. However, there was a significant gap in knowledge regarding the risk factors such as high salt intake. The good knowledge score was significantly low in the present study compared to worldwide. Therefore, an educational effort is needed to improve knowledge and the quality and reliability of information about osteoporosis targeted undergraduates and young females in Saudi Arabia.

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Author Biographies

Utkarsh Shahi

B.Sc, MBBS, PGDHA, MS, M.Ch., SICOT.

King Faisal University, College of Medicine, Saudi Arabia

Muntadher Essa AlSaleh

MBBS, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Mojtaba Ali BoKheder

MBBS, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Saleh AlBattat

MBBS, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Mustafa Mohammed Al-Ali

MBBS, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Tumadhir Abdullah Alkishi

MBBS, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Abdullah Alshareet

MBBS, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Zainab Salman Al Shuhayb

MBBS, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Essa Mohammed AlSaleh

MBBS, DEP, DrPH, Ministry of Health, Saudi Board Program of Preventive Medicine at AlAhsa, Saudi Arabia

Post Graduate Training Centre for Saudi Board of Preventive Medicine

CITATION
DOI: 10.26440/ihrj.v2i10.189
Published: 2019-08-17
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Utkarsh Shahi, Muntadher Essa AlSaleh, Mojtaba Ali BoKheder, Mohammed Saleh AlBattat, Mustafa Mohammed Al-Ali, Tumadhir Abdullah Alkishi, Mohammed Abdullah Alshareet, Zainab Salman Al Shuhayb, Essa Mohammed AlSaleh. Assessment of Knowledge Regarding Osteoporosis Among Female Medical Students at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. IHRJ [Internet]. 2019Aug.17 [cited 2021Mar.5];2(10):253-9. Available from: https://ihrjournal.com/ihrj/article/view/189