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Title: Differences in perceptions of coronary disease among Hong Kong Chinese : implications for the societal readiness in disease prevention
Authors: Chan, CW
Leung, SF 
Keywords: coronary heart disease (CHD)
Hong Kong Chinese
perceived risk
perceived seriousness
perceptions of CHD
survey
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Source: Psychology, health and medicine, 2012, v. 17, no. 3, p. 366-375 How to cite?
Journal: Psychology, Health and Medicine 
Abstract: Perceptions of coronary heart disease (CHD) influence individual health behavior, which is central to preventing the disease. Not enough is known about the demographic differences in perceptions of CHD among Chinese communities. This study examined these differences in the perceived seriousness and risk of CHD among Hong Kong Chinese. A self-developed questionnaire was administered to a convenient sample (n=236). Significant differences were identified in the perceived seriousness and risk of CHD between younger and older age groups (p<0.001) and groups with lower and higher education levels (p<0.001), but not between genders (p>0.05). Over 50% of participants expressed greater concern about infectious disease than about CHD, while two-thirds to over half of female, older, and less educated participants were more concerned about stroke. This study highlighted populations with lower levels ofCHD perception that need increased public education. The findings have implications for the societal readiness to establishing ongoing public healthcare strategies to increase awareness of CHD.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/14873
ISSN: 1354-8506
DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2011.608802
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