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Journal of Osteoporosis
Volume 2012, Article ID 383412, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/383412
Research Article

Osteoporosis Knowledge of Students in Relevant Healthcare Academic Programs

1Public Health Program, Department of Health Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
2Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA

Received 16 September 2012; Revised 20 October 2012; Accepted 28 October 2012

Academic Editor: E. M. Lewiecki

Copyright © 2012 Vu H. Nguyen and Ze Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

For healthcare professionals who treat individuals with osteoporosis, it is vital that they receive adequate education on osteoporosis to ensure sufficient knowledge of osteoporosis to properly treat individuals with the disease. To test for adequate osteoporosis education, a study was conducted to measure osteoporosis knowledge in 206 students in relevant healthcare academic programs, such as nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and dietetics. The study showed that differences existed in osteoporosis knowledge in general between the programs and between different years of students in the same programs. There were also discrepancies in specific areas of osteoporosis knowledge between the classes of students, and the average scores of correctly answered items were only as high as 24.40 (76.3%) out of 32 items on osteoporosis knowledge. This study shows that students have osteoporosis knowledge and that it is not completely inadequate; however, osteoporosis knowledge could still be more sufficient, and results demonstrate the need to increase osteoporosis education in the curriculum for these healthcare academic programs to increase osteoporosis knowledge and better prepare graduates and professionals to treat individuals with the disease.