Level and determinants of knowledge of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis among railway workers in Malaysia

Kurubaran Ganasegeran, J. Michael Menke, Vasudeva Murthy Challakere Ramaswamy, Mohd Rizal Abdul Manaf, Aied M. Alabsi, Sami Abdo Radman Al-Dubai

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Background. Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, an ancient malady greatly impairing modern population quality of life, has stimulated global attention to find effective modes of prevention and intervention. Purpose. This study aimed to assess factors affecting knowledge of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (knee OA) among Malaysian railway workers. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 513 railway workers involving eight major states within Peninsular Malaysia using population-based sampling. The assessment instrument was a face-validated, prepiloted, self-administered instrument with sociodemographics and knowledge items on knee OA. Results. Mean (±SD) age of the respondents was 41.4 (±10.7), with the majority aged 50 years or older (34.9%). Of the total respondents, 53.6% had low levels of knowledge of knee OA disease. Multivariate analysis found that four demographic predictors, age ≥50 years, family history of knee OA, self-awareness, and clinical diagnosis of the disease entity, were significantly associated with knowledge scores. Conclusion. The finding of a low level knee OA knowledge among Malaysian railway workers points to an urgent need for massive information to be disseminated among the workers at risk to foster primary prevention and self-care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number370273
JournalBioMed Research International
Volume2014
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Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Knee Osteoarthritis
Malaysia
Sampling
Primary Prevention
Self Care
Population
Multivariate Analysis
Cross-Sectional Studies
Quality of Life
Demography

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
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Level and determinants of knowledge of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis among railway workers in Malaysia. / Ganasegeran, Kurubaran; Menke, J. Michael; Challakere Ramaswamy, Vasudeva Murthy; Abdul Manaf, Mohd Rizal; Alabsi, Aied M.; Al-Dubai, Sami Abdo Radman.

In: BioMed Research International, Vol. 2014, 370273, 2014.

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Ganasegeran, Kurubaran ; Menke, J. Michael ; Challakere Ramaswamy, Vasudeva Murthy ; Abdul Manaf, Mohd Rizal ; Alabsi, Aied M. ; Al-Dubai, Sami Abdo Radman. / Level and determinants of knowledge of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis among railway workers in Malaysia. In: BioMed Research International. 2014 ; Vol. 2014.
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