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  1. Mohd Rohaizat Hassan, Mohd Hafiz Yahya, Normala Basiron, Zairizam Zakaria, Mohd Rizam Abdul Rahman, Hazlina Mohd Miskam, et al.
    Int J Public Health Res, 2017;7(2):836-844.
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    Introduction A study was conducted to determine the level of mothers' perception on
    children with cleft deformity and its associated factors
    Methods This was a cross sectional study involving 110 mothers with children
    attending the Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery Clinic. Data was gathered
    from a face to face interview based on a questionnaire that assesses the level
    of perception and its associated factors. The level of perception was
    evaluated from a scoring method and divided into four domains namely
    psychosocial, care management, treatment and education.
    Results The level of perception was high in all four domains ranged from 62% for
    treatment and 80% for education. Factors that were significantly associated
    with the level of perception were ethnicity, religion, type of cleft deformity
    and level of information.
    Conclusions Information regarding cleft deformity must be tailored toward mothers’
    personal characteristics and type of cleft deformity to improve mothers'
    perception on this problem.
  2. Mosa'ad Mohaideen, Aref Yousuf, Azimatun Noor Aizuddin
    Int J Public Health Res, 2017;7(2):852-859.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction The quality of education is one of the controversial topics and vital issues that
    requires more emphases from researchers due to the current challenges in
    education at the university level. Involvement and participation from the
    studentis essential to implement quality assurance and to reach for academic
    accreditation. The aim of this study is to assess knowledge, attitudes, and
    practices (KAP) of students towards TQM in education and its influencing
    factorsatHigh Institute of Health Sciences (HIHS) in Sana'a, Yemen.
    Methods A cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire was
    conducted in 2016. A total of 208 students from second and third study levels
    in HIHS had participated from 268 students were observed (study
    population). Descriptive statistics, chi-square, and one-way ANOVA were
    used to determine the association between students’ KAP towards TQM in
    education with its influencing factors.
    Results Mean age of the students were 22.44(SD±2.027) year old. Majority of HIHS
    students were male 135 (64.9%) and 108 (51.9%) were from the third
    studying level. The highest students' KAP scores were 53.4%, 65.4%, and
    41.3% for good knowledge, good attitudes, and moderate practices
    respectively. Education Department was found to be significantly associated
    with students' knowledge and practices with p
  3. Diana Maha, Zaleha Md Isa, Azmi Mohd Tamil, Mohd Ihsani Mahmood, Fatimah Othman, Rashidah Ambak
    Int J Public Health Res, 2017;7(2):860-870.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction The most effective and affordable public health strategy to prevent
    hypertension, stroke and renal disease is by reducing daily salt consumption.
    Therefore, this study aims to determine the association of knowledge, attitude
    and practice on salt diet intake and to identify foods contributing to high
    sodium intake.
    Methods Secondary data analysis was performed on MySalt 2016 data. It was
    conducted from November 2015 until January 2016 which involving Ministry
    of Health Staff worked at 16 study sites in Malaysia. Salt intake was
    measured using 24 hours urinary sodium excretion. Food frequency
    questionnaire was used to determine the sodium sources. Knowledge, attitude
    and practice of salt intake were assessed using a validated questionnaire
    adapted from WHO. Demographic data and anthropometric measures also
    were collected. Sodium levels of more than 2400mg/day was categorised as
    high sodium intake. Data were analysed using SPSS software version 21.
    Results The mean sodium intake estimated by 24 hours urinary sodium excretion was
    2853.23 + 1275.8 mg/day. Food groups namely rice/noodles (33.8%),
    sauces/seasoning (20.6%), meat and poultry (12.6%) and fish/seafoods
    (9.3%) were the major contributors of dietary sodium. In multiple logistic
    regression analysis, being a male (aOR=2.83, 95% CI 2.02 – 3.96) and obese
    (aOR=6.78, 95% CI 1.98 – 23.18) were significantly associated with high
    urinary sodium excretions. In addition, those who were unsure that high salt
    intake can cause hypertension (aOR=1.24, 95% CI 0.65 – 2.36), those who
    think that they consumed too much salt (aOR=2.10, 95% CI 1.13 – 3.87) and
    those who only use salt rather than other spices for cooking (aOR=2.07, 95%
    CI 1.29 – 3.30) were significantly associated with high urinary sodium
    excretion.
    Conclusions This study showed that the main sources of sodium among Malay healthcare
    staff is cooked food. Poor knowledge and practice towards reducing salt
    consumption among them contributes to the high sodium consumption. The
    practice of healthy eating among them together with continuous awareness
    campaign is essential in order to educate them to minimize sodium
    consumption and to practice healthy eating.
  4. Norlen Mohame, Lokman Hakim, S., Thahirahtul Asma Zakaria, Anis Salwa Kamarudin, Ahmad Riadz Mazeli, Sirajuddin Hashim
    Int J Public Health Res, 2017;7(2):814-828.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction: Most health advisories related to outdoor physical activity during haze are general in nature. The advisories normally advise everyone to reduce or limit prolonged exertion or heavy exertion without mentioning the acceptable duration for performing outdoor physical activity causing difficulty for public to decide to stop or cancel a particular outdoor or sport event. The aim of this paper is to determine the acceptable duration for performing outdoor physical activity pattern during haze based on API level.

    Methods: Health risk assessment approach that comprises of hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response, and risk characterization steps was used to determine the potential inhaled dose and risk associated with performing the physical activity during haze. We have considered many factors that include time spent for physical activity patterns for Malaysian adult, age and physical intensity-specific inhalation rate (m3/min), and the indoor/outdoor ratio of PM10. A hypothetical exposure scenario of PM10 was created using the breakpoints of PM10 concentration for the calculation of respective API levels during haze.

    Results: The association between physical activity pattern, API level and risk quotient were presented in the form of risk radar diagram. Based on the 50th percentile inhalation rate, all prolonged exertion and heavy exertion should be avoided when API reach >201 (very unhealthy) and >175 (unhealthy) respectively. Below the said API, the duration for performing prolonged exertion and heavy exertion should be reduced according to the API level. When API reaches 140, high intensity physical activity should be limited to < 90 minutes. A football match which requires 90 minutes, should be postponed of cancelled if API > 140. Whereas, for the same API level, prolonged exertion (moderate intensity physical activity) should be limited to 4 hours.

    Conclusions: Reducing the physical activity is an effective strategy to lower the dose of inhaled pollutants and reduce the health risk during poor air quality. Based on the assessment, taking into account the uncertainty of risk assessment methodology, we proposed all prolonged exertion should be avoided when API reach very unhealthy status (>201). Below the said API level, outdoor physical activity should be reduced according to the level of API respectively. The recommendation is not applicable for the sensitive groups. The computed risk radar provide a valuable guide for the public to organize or considering postponing an outdoor event during haze.
  5. Idayu Badilla Idris
    Int J Public Health Res, 2017;7(2):829-835.
    MyJurnal
    Emotional and behavioural problems among children have been increasing in many western as
    well as the eastern countries. Although the problem has been given attention and priority in
    terms of early detection, many children with early symptoms of emotional and behavioural
    problems has still not been detected at the early stages. This phenomenon is worrying as mental
    health problems were shown to be stable in the long run and if left undetected it may manifest
    into various problems in adulthood. This paper explores the issues on emotional and
    behavioural problems in terms of its definition, prevalence, aetiology, long term consequences
    and treatment. It also explores on mental health problems in a non-western country, i.e.
    Malaysia including its prevalence and intervention strategies which has been carried out in
    overcoming this worrying issue. Finally this review paper stresses the importance of providing
    a well-designed epidemiological study in Malaysia in assessing the current prevalence of
    emotional and behavioural problems in young children and adolescent
  6. Rozita Zakaria, Lim, Ming Tsuey, Norsiah Ali, Nurainul Hana Shamsuddin, Norseha Isnin, Siti Hafsah Abdul Halim, et al.
    Int J Public Health Res, 2017;7(2):871-877.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction Congenital malformations (CM) comprise a wide range of abnormalities of
    body structure or function that are present at birth and are of prenatal origin.
    It has contributed to a significant proportion of infant morbidity and
    mortality. The aims of this study were to determine the extent and investigate
    the relationship between CM and its associated demographic variables.
    Methods Data was extracted from Ministry of Health (MOH) database compiled from
    the reports on Stillbirth & Under 5 Mortality from year 2013 to 2014.
    Results Out of 9,827 child death, 2,840 (28.9%) were classified under CM as defined
    under ICD-10 classification. Majority of those with CMs died at neonatal
    stage (62.7%) and among mothers aged between 20 to 35 years old (67.3%).
    The mean age of mothers among CM children was 30.8±6.5 years old.
    Approximately 5.8%, 6.7% and 3.3 % of total CM were neural tube defects,
    heart defects and hydrops fetalis respectively. The prevalence of CM in males
    was 15% higher than females. The difference were evident between CM and
    age of death of children under 5 years old (p
  7. Hasnor Hadi Asim, Normawati Ahmad, Abu Bakar Rahman, Nik Mansor Ibrahim, Mohd Nasir Abdullah, Md Sabtuah Royali, et al.
    Int J Public Health Res, 2017;7(2):807-813.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction Tong Nibong is a Bidayuh village located at Sarawak Kalimantan border.
    Since the year 2004 to 2009, a total of 537 cases of malaria were recorded in
    Serian District of which 14 cases were reported from Kampung Tong
    Nibong. Community empowerment programme for malaria infection
    prevention showed tremendous improvement in implementation. This
    intervention study aims to gauge the effectiveness of community
    empowerment approach in malaria elimination programme in Kampung Tong
    Nibong Serian.
    Methods An intervention study was conducted with pre and post data collection. Data
    was collected using validated questionnaire by face to face interview.
    Universal sampling method was used to select respondents from head of
    household and post data was collected after intervention activities were
    carried out within a year of study period.
    Results The study showed significant difference on level of knowledge of
    respondents on vector of malaria between pre and post data with a P < 0.05.
    There was significant difference between pre and post data on practices on
    control and prevention of malaria with a P < 0.05. The same goes to level of
    positive attitude of respondents towards malaria control.
    Conclusions In conclusion, the study can be considered successful because there is
    significant difference in knowledge, attitude and practice among the
    respondents between pre and post data. This indicates that community
    empowerment (voluntary participation) measures can be implemented in high
    risk or endemic areas where malaria is a persistent problem to the community
    and health institutions faces many limiting factors.
  8. Zulkifli Harun, Saharuddin Ahmad
    Int J Public Health Res, 2018;8(1):878-874.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction Premature ejaculation (PE) is an important sexual problem among men
    attending health clinic. Impacts of this condition towards quality of life still
    require further exploration. Aims of the study is to determine the proportion
    and determinants for PE and its impact on Quality of Life (QOL) among men
    attending a public health clinic in Kuantan
    Methods A cross-sectional study involving 290 respondents was conducted at a public
    health clinic over the period of five months (Nov 2015-March 2016). A
    validated self-administrated questionnaire that consisted of sociodemographic
    questionnaire, clinical characteristics, premature ejaculation
    diagnostic tool (PEDT) and WHO quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF) were
    used.
    Results The proportion of PE was 33.9% with PE 18.1% (49/271) and probable PE
    15.8% (43/271). Multivariate analysis showed that level of education
    (p=0.002, OR 3.281/95% CI 1.183, 9.101) and hypertension (p=0.047, OR
    1.788/95% CI 1.008, 3.170) were the only significant predictors for PE after
    controlling self-reported erectile dysfunction, pulmonary and neurological
    disorder. PE patients had lower median scores QOL in all four domain
    namely physical health, psychological, social relationship, environment (all
    domains with p
  9. Minhat Halimatus Sakdiah, Liyana Najwa Inche Mat, Abdul Syafiq A. Radzis, Ng, Yiet Fai, Nur Syazwany Nasir Khan
    Int J Public Health Res, 2018;8(1):894-898.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative
    disease after Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the most frequent sub-cortical
    degenerative disease, characterized by universal progressive disorder of the
    nervous system that affects movement. This cross sectional study aimed to
    determine the prevalence and correlates of PD among elderly attending the
    neurology clinic in Serdang Hospital.
    Methods A total of 150 records of patients attended the clinic from January to
    December 2016 were randomly selected. Data was collected using a
    proforma form seeking information related to age, gender, race, locality, and
    presence of comorbidity particularly diabetes mellitus. The data was analysed
    using the Statistical Package for Social Science (IBM SPSS) version 22.0.
    Results The prevalence of PD among the elderly involved in the study was 34%.
    Majority of the respondents were aged 60 to 70 years old (54.7%), male
    (53.3%), Chinese (56.7%), from urban locality (93.0%) and were not diabetic
    (69.3%). The inferential statistics showed no significant association between
    all the factors with PD. However, the associations between age and diabetes
    mellitus with PD were almost significant with p values of 0.07 and 0.08
    respectively.
    Conclusions Overall, the prevalence of PD among elderly who attended the neurology
    clinic in year 2016 was less than half with none of the factors under study
    were significantly associated with PD. However with bigger sample size,
    possible significant association may be obtained between age and diabetes
    mellitus.
  10. Edmund Yu, Wei Chang, Narwani Hussin, Marliana Abd Rahim, Sreevali, Muthuvadivelu, Chan, Wai Seong
    Int J Public Health Res, 2018;8(1):907-912.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction There is an increasing trend of obesity in children and adolescent globally.
    The objectives of this study were to identify the prevalence of overweight
    and obesity among students from secondary schools and to determine the
    mean random blood sugar (RBS) for the overweight and obese students.
    Methods This was a cross sectional study. Two secondary schools that were scheduled
    for visit by the School Health Team, Taiping in July 2016 were included. A
    standardized data collection sheet was used to collect the data. Overweight
    and obesity were defined based on WHO 2007 reference for BMI-for-age
    criteria. Random blood glucose was checked for overweight and obese
    students.
    Results A total of 184 school students consented and participated. 128 (69.6%) were
    female and 90 (48.9%) were Malays. The mean weight and height were 56.21
    kg and 1.61 m respectively with BMI of 21.49 kg/m2
    . Overall, the prevalence
    of obese and overweight were 12.5% and 10.9% respectively. Among the 4
    BMI groups, there were no significant difference found in sex (p=0.849) and
    races (p=0.536). However, there was significant difference (p=0.042) in
    mean RBS for obese and overweight students between races. RBS readings
    among overweight and obese students were within normal range with mean
    of 5.95 (0.67) mmol/l (range between 4.60 – 7.70 mmol/l).
    Conclusions The overall prevalence of overweight and obesity were comparable with
    other studies done in Malaysia. Nevertheless, there was no prevalence of
    Type II diabetes mellitus among them.
  11. Norfazilah Ahmad, Mohd Rohaizat Hassan, Incham Manggat, Mohd Rizam Abdul Rahman, Hazlina Mohd Miskam, Sazman Wahab, et al.
    Int J Public Health Res, 2018;8(1):913-923.
    MyJurnal
    Introduction The Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by Human
    Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and a disease with high morbidity
    and mortality.Young mothers are sub-populations that are at high risk for HIV
    through sexual activity. In addition, information on the level of knowledge,
    attitude and practice among young mothers in Malaysia regarding HIV/AIDS
    prevention is still limited.Therefore, the objective of this study is to examine
    the level of knowledge, attitudes and practices towards the prevention of
    HIV/AIDS among young mothers and the factors that influence them.
    Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted at a tertiary hospital in a city center
    among 147 young mothers aged 18-30 years old at the Post Natal and
    Obstetrics and Gynecology Ward (O & G). Data collection was conducted in
    April-November 2014 and the respondents' selection was based on simple
    random sampling. A questionnaire containing validated instruments was used
    in this study. Approval for conducting research has been obtained from the
    UKM Research Ethics Committee before the data collection procedure is
    implemented.
    Results Majority of the young mothers have good knowledge (78.8%) and practice
    (71.2%) towards HIV/AIDS prevention. While more than half of them (56.7%)
    have positive attitude towards the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Living in the
    urban area and being married are significantly associated with having good
    knowledge and positive attitude towards HIV/AIDS prevention. While,
    mothers who are 5 years older compared to the younger ones and being
    married are significantly associated with having good practice towards
    HIV/AIDS prevention.
    Conclusions The level of knowledge, attitudes and practices as well as the associated
    factors could be the baseline to formulate health intervention to prevent
    HIV/AIDS among this vulnerable group.
  12. Nor Dalila Marican, Rozita Hod, Nadiah Wan-Arfah, Azmi Hassan
    Int J Public Health Res, 2018;8(1):933-938.
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    Introduction Non-specific low back pain is one of the most common physical ailments
    affecting millions of people worldwide. This condition constitutes a
    significant public health problem and was listed as a prevalent health
    complaint in most societies. Even though there are many anecdotal claims
    for reflexology in the treatment of various conditions such as a migraine,
    arthritis and multiple sclerosis, but very little clinical evidence exists for
    reflexology on the management of low back pain per se. This study aims to
    evaluate the effects of foot reflexology therapy as an adjunctive treatment to
    the Malaysian low back pain standard care in relieving pain and promoting
    health-related quality of life among people with non-specific low back pain.
    Methods This is a parallel randomized controlled trial with pre and post-treatment
    study design. The study setting for the intervention located at Penawar
    Reflexology Center, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. A total of 100
    participants with non-specific low back pain will be allocated to one of two
    groups, using a randomization computer program of Research Randomizer.
    The control group will receive low back pain standard care, while the
    intervention group will receive standard care plus eight sessions of foot
    reflexology therapy. The pain intensity and health-related quality of life
    scores will be measured using Visual Analogue Scale and Euro-quality of
    life scale respectively in both groups. The study was approved by the
    Human Research Ethics Committee of University Sultan Zainal Abidin
    (UHREC/2016/2/011). The study protocol was registered at
    ClinicalTrials.gov, with the ID number of NCT02887430.
    Measurements Outcome measures will be undertaken at pre-intervention (week 1), postintervention
    (week 6) and follow-up (week 10).
    Conclusions This will be the first trial to compare the foot reflexology therapy with
    control group among people who medically diagnosed with non-specific low
    back pain in Malaysia. The result of this study will contribute to better
    management of this population, especially for Malaysia healthcare setting.
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