Risk Perceptions of Noncommunicable Diseases among Cambodian Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study

Bae Sung-Heui, Hwang Oknam, Jeong Jieun, Yang Youngran

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Purpose: In Cambodia, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) account for 64% of all deaths. A lack of risk perception of NCDs leads to poor measures of their prevention and management. This study aimed to investigate Cambodians’ risk perceptions of NCDs based on the health belief model. Methods: A cross-sectional design was used, and using convenience sampling, participants included 200 Cambodians aged 40 years or older. A face-to-face administered structured questionnaire was used to assess demographic characteristics, health behaviors, and risk perceptions of NCDs. Results: Of the constructs of NCD risk perception, perceived severity (88.2%) and benefits (86.3%) were high, but relative to these, perceived cues to action (64.1%), barriers (63.5%), and self-efficacy (58.1%) were low. Conclusion: It is important to improve perceived self-efficacy in government health promotion, outreach, and improvement programs and to reduce perceived barriers through medical tests either by facility-based delivery or via outreach health services in Cambodia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-268
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
College of Nursing, Jeonbuk National University, 567 Baekje-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju 54896, Korea. Tel: +82-63-270-3116, Fax: +82-63-270-3127, E-mail: youngran13@jbnu.ac.kr -This work was supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency’s. Incubating Program in the part of Public-private Cooperation Programs.

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© 2022. Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing


  • Cambodia
  • Health belief model
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • Risk perception


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