Health of the Community in Resource-Limited Countries: Awareness and Willingness to Undertake Routine Medical Examination

by Open Science Repository Medicine
(February 2013)


Background: Health is a state of dynamic equilibrium and preventive services such as routine medical examination (RME) may promote good health by identifying disease early when effective treatment may be instituted. Objectives: The study aimed to determine community’s knowledge of routine medical examination; willingness and challenges to RME and relationship between knowledge and willingness to perform RME.

Methodology: The study was a cross sectional descriptive study conducted among adults aged 20 years and above. P-value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant. A sample size of 384 was obtained at 95% confidence level with an estimated variance of 50% (0.5) and at desired precision of 5% (0.05 as a decimal).

Results: Of the 384 adults studied, 25% are health personnel, 62% had a good knowledge of RME. A statistically significant association (p=0.000) was established between knowledge and willingness to perform RME.

Conclusion: A RME can maintain good health by detecting disease early when treatment may be effective.

Keywords: routine medical examination, knowledge, willingness, community, challenges, socio-economic status.

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doi: 10.7392/Medicine.70081932.

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