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Type Journal Article - Eastern MediterraneanHealth Journal
Title Effect of chronic diseases of lifestyle knowledge on readiness for change among long-distance microbus drivers in Giza, Egypt
Author(s)
Volume 19
Issue 12
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 995-1002
URL http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/v19/12/EMHJ_2013_19_12_995_1002.pdf?ua=1
Abstract
Commercial drivers suffer from sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition and numerous stressors that can
impact their health. This study aimed to assess the health lifestyle risk level of microbus drivers in Giza, Egypt, and
to compare their level of readiness for change with their knowledge about chronic diseases of lifestyle, before and
after an educational intervention. Data were collected from 235 long-distance microbus drivers via a health lifestyle
assessment questionnaire, pre–post-tests of a health education module, and the readiness for change questionnaire.
The majority of drivers had high risk scores in the eating habits, exercises/fitness and safety sections. A highly
significant difference was found in chronic diseases of lifestyle knowledge scores and in readiness for change scores
before and after the intervention. A positive correlation was found between readiness for change and knowledge
pre- and post-intervention. Further studies are needed of barriers for drivers to change their health lifestyles.

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