Awareness and prevention of osteoporosis among South Asian Women

Amer Shakil, Nora E. Gimpel, Hina Rizvi, Zafreen Siddiqui, Emeka Ohagi, Tiffany M. Billmeier, Barbara Foster

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We examined awareness of osteoporosis prevention among peri- and post-menopausal South Asian women attending two community centers in the Dallas/Fort-Worth Metroplex. We conducted a quasi-experimental study (final N = 61) assessing knowledge about osteoporosis among South Asian women (≥40 years). The mean age was 52.3 years (SD = 8.72). Over 50% were college educated and 64% had no health insurance. We administered a baseline knowledge test, followed by a health education intervention and, 2 weeks later, by a post-test. Participants received one point for each correct answer and scores were added (≤14). Participants showed a significant increase in osteoporosis knowledge post intervention (paired t 60 = -9.5, P < .01). For example, women reported highest knowledge gains on the following: adequate calcium intake is achievable from two glasses of milk a day; very thin women are at risk for developing osteoporosis, and family history of osteoporosis is a risk factor. Intervention completers were better prepared to prevent and manage osteoporosis. Results indicate the efficacy of educational intervention in improving osteoporosis awareness; and point to the potential for knowledge acquisition aimed at developing community-based prevention strategies at the community level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-397
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010


  • Health education intervention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-menopausal
  • Pre-menopausal
  • South Asian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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