Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017

Introduction: The increasing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases and their prevalence has led Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia to introduce a community empowerment program “Komuniti Sihat, Perkasa Negara” acronymed as KOSPEN in July 2013. Thirty thousand community health volunteers have been traine...

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Main Authors: Sondaram, Navindra Kumar, Kadir @ Shahar, Hayati, Abdul Manaf, Rosliza
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Published: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia 2018
Online Access:http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/64503/1/2018062611514902_MJMHS_Vol14_No2_25June2018.pdf
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spelling oai:psasir.upm.edu.my:64503 http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/64503/ Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017 Sondaram, Navindra Kumar Kadir @ Shahar, Hayati Abdul Manaf, Rosliza Introduction: The increasing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases and their prevalence has led Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia to introduce a community empowerment program “Komuniti Sihat, Perkasa Negara” acronymed as KOSPEN in July 2013. Thirty thousand community health volunteers have been trained nationwide up to May 2015. Objective: To identify the factors associated with knowledge on KOSPEN and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim District. Methods: A cross-sectional study based on simple random sampling was conducted among community health volunteers Kulim District. Volunteers participated in this study were 194. Data collected using self-administered questionnaire. All data collected were analysed using IBM SPSS version 22 involving descriptive and inferential statistics with significance level set at 0.05. Results: The study found that level of knowledge on KOSPEN is associated with employment status (p=0.02) and awareness level (p<0.001) among the community health volunteers. The level of implementation is associated with age (p=0.025), education level (p=0.007) and employment status (p=0.017) of the community health volunteers. Employment status (aOR=2.133, 95% CI=1.056-4.306, p=0.035) and awareness level (aOR=6.119, 95% CI=2.701-13.867 p<0.001) were predictors of level of knowledge on KOSPEN. Level of implementation of KOSPEN by the community health volunteers could be predicted by education level (aOR=4.085, 95% CI=1.299-12.851 p=0.016). Conclusion: Generally the KOSPEN volunteers had good knowledge on KOSPEN and implementation of KOSPEN program. However, there are still misconceptions among the KOSPEN volunteers regarding their functions and role. Therefore it is important to empower the volunteers with awareness on their roles, functions and good knowledge. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia 2018 Article PeerReviewed text en http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/64503/1/2018062611514902_MJMHS_Vol14_No2_25June2018.pdf Sondaram, Navindra Kumar and Kadir @ Shahar, Hayati and Abdul Manaf, Rosliza (2018) Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 14 (2). pp. 7-16. ISSN 1675-8544 http://www.medic.upm.edu.my/upload/dokumen/2018062611514902_MJMHS_Vol14_No2_25June2018.pdf
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description Introduction: The increasing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases and their prevalence has led Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia to introduce a community empowerment program “Komuniti Sihat, Perkasa Negara” acronymed as KOSPEN in July 2013. Thirty thousand community health volunteers have been trained nationwide up to May 2015. Objective: To identify the factors associated with knowledge on KOSPEN and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim District. Methods: A cross-sectional study based on simple random sampling was conducted among community health volunteers Kulim District. Volunteers participated in this study were 194. Data collected using self-administered questionnaire. All data collected were analysed using IBM SPSS version 22 involving descriptive and inferential statistics with significance level set at 0.05. Results: The study found that level of knowledge on KOSPEN is associated with employment status (p=0.02) and awareness level (p<0.001) among the community health volunteers. The level of implementation is associated with age (p=0.025), education level (p=0.007) and employment status (p=0.017) of the community health volunteers. Employment status (aOR=2.133, 95% CI=1.056-4.306, p=0.035) and awareness level (aOR=6.119, 95% CI=2.701-13.867 p<0.001) were predictors of level of knowledge on KOSPEN. Level of implementation of KOSPEN by the community health volunteers could be predicted by education level (aOR=4.085, 95% CI=1.299-12.851 p=0.016). Conclusion: Generally the KOSPEN volunteers had good knowledge on KOSPEN and implementation of KOSPEN program. However, there are still misconceptions among the KOSPEN volunteers regarding their functions and role. Therefore it is important to empower the volunteers with awareness on their roles, functions and good knowledge.
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author Sondaram, Navindra Kumar
Kadir @ Shahar, Hayati
Abdul Manaf, Rosliza
spellingShingle Sondaram, Navindra Kumar
Kadir @ Shahar, Hayati
Abdul Manaf, Rosliza
Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017
author_facet Sondaram, Navindra Kumar
Kadir @ Shahar, Hayati
Abdul Manaf, Rosliza
author_sort Sondaram, Navindra Kumar
title Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017
title_short Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017
title_full Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017
title_fullStr Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017
title_full_unstemmed Factors associated with Knowledge of Healthy Community, Empowers Nation (KOSPEN) and its implementation among community health volunteers in Kulim district, 2017
title_sort factors associated with knowledge of healthy community, empowers nation (kospen) and its implementation among community health volunteers in kulim district, 2017
publisher Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia
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url http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/64503/1/2018062611514902_MJMHS_Vol14_No2_25June2018.pdf
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