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Estimating the effect of lay knowledge and prior contact with pulmonary TB patients, on health-belief model in a high-risk pulmonary TB transmission population

Authors Zein RA, Suhariadi F, Hendriani W

Received 6 February 2017

Accepted for publication 24 May 2017

Published 20 June 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 187—194


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Igor Elman

Rizqy Amelia Zein,1,2 Fendy Suhariadi,1 Wiwin Hendriani1

1Crisis and Community Development Centre, Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia; 2Department of Personality and Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia

Objective: The research aimed to investigate the effect of lay knowledge of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and prior contact with pulmonary TB patients on a health-belief model (HBM) as well as to identify the social determinants that affect lay knowledge.
Methods: Survey research design was conducted, where participants were required to fill in a questionnaire, which measured HBM and lay knowledge of pulmonary TB. Research participants were 500 residents of Semampir, Asemrowo, Bubutan, Pabean Cantian, and Simokerto districts, where the risk of pulmonary TB transmission is higher than other districts in Surabaya.
Results: Being a female, older in age, and having prior contact with pulmonary TB patients significantly increase the likelihood of having a higher level of lay knowledge. Lay knowledge is a substantial determinant to estimate belief in the effectiveness of health behavior and personal health threat. Prior contact with pulmonary TB patients is able to explain the belief in the effectiveness of a health behavior, yet fails to estimate participants’ belief in the personal health threat.
Conclusion: Health authorities should prioritize males and young people as their main target groups in a pulmonary TB awareness campaign. The campaign should be able to reconstruct people’s misconception about pulmonary TB, thereby bringing around the health-risk perception so that it is not solely focused on improving lay knowledge.

Keywords: health-belief model, lay knowledge, prior contact to pulmonary TB patients, pulmonary tuberculosis

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