Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Multicultural Aging 

Osteoporosis Preventive Behavior in Thai Older Adults: Feasibility and Acceptability

Suparb Aree-Ue, PhD, RN; Linchong Pothiban, DNS, RN; Basia Belza, PhD, RN; Khanokporn Sucamvang, PhD, RN; Sirirat Panuthai, PhD, RN

Abstract

Because older adults in Thailand frequently lack knowledge about osteoporosis and its prevention, the authors examined a program to provide bone health education in this population.

ABSTRACT

The authors used a one-group pre-test–post-test design to examine the feasibility and acceptability of an osteoporosis prevention program and the effects of the program on knowledge, health beliefs, self-efficacy; and osteoporosis preventive behaviors in older adults. Participants included 48 older adults who attended a health center in Thailand. Results revealed that the program was feasible and acceptable. A significant improvement in osteoporosis knowledge, health beliefs, self-efficacy, and osteoporosis preventive behaviors occurred. Findings suggest that the program helps older adults incorporate new knowledge and skills into their daily lives and helps them maintain bone health.

Abstract

Because older adults in Thailand frequently lack knowledge about osteoporosis and its prevention, the authors examined a program to provide bone health education in this population.

ABSTRACT

The authors used a one-group pre-test–post-test design to examine the feasibility and acceptability of an osteoporosis prevention program and the effects of the program on knowledge, health beliefs, self-efficacy; and osteoporosis preventive behaviors in older adults. Participants included 48 older adults who attended a health center in Thailand. Results revealed that the program was feasible and acceptable. A significant improvement in osteoporosis knowledge, health beliefs, self-efficacy, and osteoporosis preventive behaviors occurred. Findings suggest that the program helps older adults incorporate new knowledge and skills into their daily lives and helps them maintain bone health.

Authors

Dr. Aree-Ue is Assistant Professor, Ramathibodi School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Belza is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Dr. Pothiban is Associate Professor, Dr. Sucamvang is Assistant Professor, and Dr. Panuthai is Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Address correspondence Suparb Aree-Ue, PhD, RN, Ramathibodi School of Nursing, Mahidol University, Rama6 Road, Rajthevee, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.

10.3928/00989134-20060701-04

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