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The Effect of the Knowledge and Health Beliefs on Osteoporosis Preventive Health Behaviors among Middle-aged Women
Jong Kyung Lee
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2003;14(4):629-638.   Published online December 31, 2003
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PURPOSE
This study investigated the effects of knowledge and health belief on osteoporosis preventive health behaviors.
METHODS
The subjects of this study were 266 middle-aged women. Data were collected using a self-reporting questionnaire with 101 questions. The period of data collection was from the 3rd of January to the 28th of February 2003. Data were analyzed using SPSS 10.0 PC+ program.
RESULTS
The results were summarized as follows: 1. The average score of knowledge about osteoporosis was 16.93 out of 27. Particularly, middle-aged women had knowledge more about osteoporosis prevention measures than about risk factors. 2. Knowledge, self efficacy and barriers were significantly correlated with osteoporosis preventive health behaviors. 3. As for the relationship between subjects' general characteristics and their health preventive behaviors, the size of living district, economic status, BMI. family history of osteoporosis and perception of health status were found to have significant effects on health preventive behaviors.
CONCLUSIONS
According to the results presented above, preventive health behaviors may be promoted by increasing knowledge and perceived self-efficacy as well as decreasing individuals' perceived barriers through health education.

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