Knowledge Regarding Osteoporosis among Young Adult Women of a Selected Community of Pokhara, Kaski
Keywords:Knowledge, osteoporosis, young adult women
Background: Osteoporosis is a silent killer disease that is highly prevalent among females. Even though the
symptoms of osteoporosis can be identified in later stages of life, it can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle
adaptation at an early stage of life.
Objectives: The present study aims to assess the knowledge level of osteoporosis among young adult
females and examine the association between knowledge level and selected socio-demographic variables.
Methodology: A quantitative descriptive cross-sectional study design was used. A non-probability purposive
sampling technique was used to select 153 samples. The data were collected for 6 weeks using a semistructured
interview schedule. Osteoporosis Knowledge assessment tool (OKAT) was used to collect the
data. Descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation) was used for quantitative data
analysis and inferential statistics (chi-square) were used to find out the association between knowledge level
and selected socio-demographic characteristics of the respondents.
Results: The study concluded that 51 percent of the young adult women had an average level of knowledge
and 49 percent had a poor level of knowledge regarding osteoporosis. However, none of them had a good
level of knowledge regarding osteoporosis. A significant association was found between the knowledge level
and educational status of the respondents (p=0.002).
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