Knowledge, attitude and practice of Asthma food Taboos and its associated factors among asthmatic patients in Pahang State, Malaysia

Mohd Rohaizat Hassan, M. K B Muzaitul Akma, Hasanain Faisal Ghazi, Zaleha Md Isa, Mohd Fadhli Samsun, Nazarudin Safian, Shamsul Azhar Shah

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Misconception and outdated beliefs such as food taboos are commonly practiced among asthmatic patients especially in Asia. It will somehow affect the effectiveness of medical treatment of asthma. The objectives of this study was to determine the prevalence of practice of asthma food taboos and its associated factors identify factors among asthmatic patients. A cross sectional study was conducted in a primary health care clinic at Bandar Kuantan, Pahang. There were 400 asthmatic patients recruited in this study by convenience sampling method. The questionnaire comprised of 4 parts; socio-demography, knowledge, attitudes and practice towards asthma food taboos. Data was analyzed by using IBM Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) 19. A total of 46% of asthmatic patients were practicing asthma food taboos. Among factors studied, practice of asthma food taboos significant association with ethnicity (p = 0.001), level of education (p = 0.011) and exposure to health publicity (p = 0.045). Results also showed significant association between attitude and practice (p<0.001). No significant difference was observed in the frequency of asthmatic attack between the practice and non-practice group (p = 0.356). It is concluded that the practice of asthma food taboos among asthmatic patients is high. Education and health publicity seems to be beneficial in promoting changes of practice and attitude of this taboos.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686-692
Number of pages7
JournalPakistan Journal of Nutrition
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
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asthma
Asthma
Food
social sciences
medical treatment
educational status
Sampling Studies
nationalities and ethnic groups
Social Sciences
demography
cross-sectional studies
health services
education
Health Education
questionnaires
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Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Attitudes
  • Food taboos
  • Knowledge
  • Malaysia
  • Practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Knowledge, attitude and practice of Asthma food Taboos and its associated factors among asthmatic patients in Pahang State, Malaysia. / Hassan, Mohd Rohaizat; Akma, M. K B Muzaitul; Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal; Md Isa, Zaleha; Samsun, Mohd Fadhli; Safian, Nazarudin; Shah, Shamsul Azhar.

In: Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 15, No. 7, 2016, p. 686-692.

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