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Knowledge, attitude, and practice toward food poisoning among food handlers and dietetic students in a public university in Malaysia

Mohd Yusof, Aimi Maisarah and A.Rahman, Nor Azlina and Haque, Mainul (2018) Knowledge, attitude, and practice toward food poisoning among food handlers and dietetic students in a public university in Malaysia. Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences, 10 (4 (October-December)). pp. 232-239. ISSN 0976-4879 E-ISSN 0975-7406

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Abstract

Background: Food poisoning (FP) commonly occurs because of consuming contaminated food, which can be fatal. Many people are not aware of the dangers of FP. Thus, the purpose of this study is to analyze the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of FP among dietetic students (DS) and food handlers (FH) in a public university in Malaysia. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was designed, and a self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 106 respondents. The survey comprised four sections including sociodemographic, knowledge, attitude, and practice. Results: Total percentage scores for KAP for FH were 86.06%, 32.40%, and 19.91%, respectively, whereas the KAP scores for DS were 89.36%, 34.26%, and 19.94%, respectively. This study revealed that the respondents had good knowledge but poor attitude and practice toward FP. Total mean percentage of KAP scores for DS was higher than FH. Besides, no significant difference was observed in KAP toward FP across different genders, age, education, and income levels among FH. However, for DS, significant difference (p = 0.008) was observed in knowledge toward FP between genders. Significant association (p = 0.048) was also reported in practice toward FP with age among DS. This study also found a significant association between knowledge and attitude (p = 0.032) and knowledge and practice (p = 0.017) toward FP among FH. Conclusion: Nevertheless, among DS, no significant association was observed between knowledge, attitude and practice toward FP. The findings may help them to plan effective methods to promote better understanding about FP and improving their knowledge and awareness.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5509/68742
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge and practice, food poisoning, dietetic students, food handlers
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA643 Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine - Communicable Diseases and Public Health
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Physical Rehabilitation Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Nor Azlina A. Rahman
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2018 15:11
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 10:09
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/68742

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