Beliefs regarding knee pain in Indian adults: A knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) survey

Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics | Vol 5 | Issue 1 |  Jan-Jun 2020 | page: 47-54 | Keyur B. Desai, Shruti A. Mondkar

Author: Keyur B. Desai [1], Shruti A. Mondkar [2]

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India.
[2] Department of Pediatrics, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Keyur B. Desai,
401, Dadarkar arcade, N.L parelkar marg, opp trimurti building, Parel village. Parel, Mumbai. Maharashtra, India.


Background: Belief along with habits and personality acts as important force guiding human behaviour. Health education can modify irrational beliefs and help people adopt healthy behaviour. The aim of this study is to know the existing beliefs among individuals regarding knee pain, its aetiology, and their most effective treatment modality. The study also explores the sources of healthcare information across different age groups that can be utilized for education and creating public awareness. This study also explores the different reasons why individuals do not prefer to attend a health care facility for their knee pain.
Methods: A questionnaire based cross sectional study was designed to assess individuals beliefs and modes of treatment of knee pain, the accessibility to healthcare and the factors responsible for non attendance of healthcare facility. The likely source of health information and use of internet and smart-phones for acquiring health related information was enquired.
Results: ‘Ageing’, ‘Obesity’, ‘Overactivity’, ‘Sports and recreation’, ‘Hereditary’, were among the most commonly believed causes of knee pain. Some irrational beliefs like association with food items, fate etc were also known. Internet and smart phones remain the most accessible and used source of health information among the age group of <20 years and 20-40 years. Health professionals were more trusted for information in the age group of 40-60 and above 60 years.
Conclusions: Regulated health information through widely available medium like internet and smartphones can effectively tweak the false beliefs in the community and help to develop healthy behaviour.
Keywords: Beliefs, Traditions, Education, Aarogya Setu, Physiotherapy, Health information, Internet and health care, Smart phones and health care, Osteoarthritis, Knee pain, Indian beliefs.


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How to Cite this article: Desai KB, Mondkar SA | Beliefs regarding knee pain in Indian adults: A knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) survey | Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics | January-June 2020; 5(1):47- 54.

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