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Middle-aged women's awareness of cholesterol as a risk factor: results from a national survey of Korean Middle-aged Women's Health Awareness (KomWHA) study.

Authors
 Eun Jin Choi  ;  Yoonsuk Jekal  ;  Sue Kim  ;  Ji Soo Yoo  ;  Hee Soon Kim  ;  Eui-Geum Oh  ;  Justin Y. Jeon  ;  Yangsoo Jang  ;  Sang Hui Chu  ;  Mi Ja Kim 
Citation
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDIES, Vol.47(4) : 452-460, 2010 
Journal Title
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDIES 
ISSN
 0020-7489 
Issue Date
2010
MeSH
Awareness* ; Cardiovascular Diseases/epidemiology* ; Cholesterol/blood* ; Data Collection ; Female ; Humans ; Middle Aged ; Republic of Korea/epidemiology ; Risk Factors
Keywords
Awareness ; Cholesterol ; KnowledgeMiddle-aged women ; Risk reduction behavior
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Dyslipidemia, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), is more prevalent in middle-aged women than in men of the same age in Korea. This study, the first national survey that focused on cholesterol in Korean women, aimed to: (1) assess their awareness and knowledge of cholesterol, (2) evaluate their risk reduction behavior, and (3) examine differences in these variables among geographical regions in Korea. METHODS: A questionnaire survey study was conducted in a randomly selected national sample of 1304 Korean women, aged 40-64 years in 3 geographic regions. RESULTS: High cholesterol was identified as a cause of CVD by 54.4% of respondents, however, 95.4% did not know their own values. Only 4.1% of respondents were aware of desirable level of total cholesterol. Eight percent of respondents perceived correctly the meaning of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) as good cholesterol. And 32.9% had cholesterol check at least once a year. No significant regional differences were found in women's awareness and knowledge on cholesterol. No smoking (93.6%), low salt diet (52.5%) and weight management (50.6%) were the most prevalent risk reduction behaviors. Women in the rural area performed less risk reduction behaviors than those in urban area. CONCLUSIONS: Given the low level of awareness and knowledge about cholesterol in these women, nurses need to increase their education about cholesterol and risk reduction behaviors of CVD for middle-aged Korean women, particularly those in rural area. To resolve identified disparities in women's risk reduction behaviors between the rural and urban area, a national-level health policy can result in a successful effort to promote women's awareness of cholesterol and risk reduction behaviors for the cardiovascular health of the public
Full Text
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020748909003095
DOI
10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2009.09.002
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Sue(김수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3785-2445
Kim, Hee Soon(김희순) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6656-0308
Oh, Eui Geum(오의금) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6941-0708
Yoo, Ji Soo(유지수)
Jang, Yang Soo(장양수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2169-3112
Chu, Sang Hui(추상희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6877-5599
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/100673
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