Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Orthop Nurs. 2000 May-Jun;19(3):38-42, 44-6.

Osteoporosis in older men: knowledge and health beliefs.

Author information

1
College of Nursing at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this theory-based descriptive study was to describe older men's (> or = 65 years of age) knowledge of osteoporosis, their health beliefs about osteoporosis (specifically their perceived susceptibility), their confidence to perform osteoporosis-prevention behaviors, and actual performance of osteoporosis-prevention behaviors.

DESIGN:

A descriptive design was used to determine men's knowledge and health beliefs of osteoporosis, confidence to perform osteoporosis prevention behaviors, and performance of osteoporosis prevention behaviors.

SAMPLE:

A community-based convenience sample of 138 men 65 years of age and older was obtained in Northeastern Ohio community centers where men were likely to gather.

METHOD:

Men completed a questionnaire that included the Osteoporosis Knowledge Test, Osteoporosis Health Belief Scale, Osteoporosis Self-Efficacy Scale (Kim, Horan & Gendler, 1991), and the Osteoporosis Preventing Behaviors Survey (Doheny & Sedlak, 1995).

MAIN RESEARCH CLASSIFICATIONS:

Osteoporosis, Men, Prevention, Health Beliefs, Orthopaedic Nursing.

FINDINGS:

Men had poor knowledge of osteoporosis, did not perceive themselves as susceptible to osteoporosis, and engaged in few osteoporosis preventing behaviors such as weight-bearing exercises and dietary calcium intake.

CONCLUSION:

Men need osteoporosis education and modification of lifestyle to include osteoporosis prevention behaviors.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING RESEARCH:

Future research should include the development of osteoporosis awareness programs for men.

PMID:
11153331
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center