https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/issue/feed Journal of Public Health Naresuan University 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nithra Kitreerawutiwong jphnu@nu.ac.th Open Journal Systems <p>Journal of Public Health Naresuan University was established for the dissemination of academic research knowledge as well as to be a network for sharing knowledge, opinion, and information about public health, health promotion, and prevention.</p> https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/258369 Thesis/Independent Study Author Declaration Form 2022-08-29T20:30:58+07:00 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University phatsaveeo@nu.ac.th 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/258365 Full Issue 2022-08-29T19:55:05+07:00 Phatsavee Ongruk phatsaveeo@nu.ac.th 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/258366 Editorial 2022-08-29T20:12:02+07:00 Assoc. Prof. Nithra Kitreerawutiwong, Ph.D. (Public Health) phatsaveeo@nu.ac.th 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/255219 The abstinence rate of patients with addiction after participation in the modified-matrix drug treatment program in an outpatient at Mae Aai Hospital, Chiang Mai Province 2022-03-14T08:44:06+07:00 Chalerm Phothanaraka phothanarakachalerm@gmail.com <p>This retrospective descriptive research aimed to study the abstinence rate and explore the factors related to the abstinence rate by using the modified-matrix drug treatment program in an outpatient at Mae Aai Hospital, Chiang Mai Province. The samples were 176 drug addicts who received the treatment from 1 January 2021 to 30 August 2021 and completed the treatment program. Data were collected from the reporting system database and the monitoring and surveillance system on drug abuse at Mae Aai Hospital. The instrument was the evaluation form of the modified-matrix drug treatment program, which including of 3 parts as follows: 1) personal data information, 2) the patient’s report from treatment, and 3) the treatment monitoring and follow-up form. Data analysis of the abstinence rate employed descriptive statistics and analyzed the factors related to the abstinence rate using Chi-square statistics.</p> <p>The results found that 77.3% of patients who participated in the modified-matrix drug treatment program in an outpatient had a rate of abstinence 3 months after completing treatment. For the factor associated with the rate of discontinuation after treatment, it was found that voluntary therapy (p-value = 0.016) and income (p-value = 0.034) were associated with the abstinence rate. Therefore, health authorities should be providing a campaign to increase voluntarily participate in the program, especially the low-income <em>earners</em> to increase the opportunity to quit the drugs.</p> 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/257330 Health literacy and health behaviors among health sciences and public health students at a Rajabhat University 2022-07-04T19:32:15+07:00 Tossapon Chamnankit tossaponc@gmail.com Wanwimon Mekwimon kingkaew mekwimonk@gmail.com Prisna Pianjing pianjingp@gmail.com Sureewan Siladlao sureewans@gmail.com Niwat Songsin niwatsongsin71@gmail.com Kanokporn Somporn kanokporns@gmail.com <p>Health literacy is a cognitive and social skill for accessing information and understanding health information of individual which can be implement, including advising personal health, family, and the community to promote healthy behavior. This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the level of health literacy and health behaviors, and explore the relationship between health literacy and health behaviors according to the principles of 3 A 2 S health behaviors (Ar-harn = Food, Aok-kam-lung-kai = Exercise, Ar-rom = Emotion, Soub-buri = Smoking and Su-ra = Alcohol). The sample consisted of 327 students from the cluster of health sciences and public health in a Rajabhat University which was selected through a stratified random sampling. Data were collected by using self-administrated questionnaire comprising of 3 parts as follows: part 1 demographic data, part 2 health literacy in relation to 3 A 2 S, and part 3 health behaviors regarding to 3 A 2 S. <em>Cronbach's alpha coefficient</em> of the questionnaire part 2 and 3 were <em>calculated, obtained 0.94 and 0.95.</em> Data were collected from March to April 2022 and analyzed by descriptive statistics and Pearson's correlation coefficient.</p> <p>The findings revealed that the sample group had health literacy at a very good level of 56.0% and health behaviors at a good level of 46.2%. In addition, it was found that there were significant positive relationships between health literacy and health behaviors (r= 0.14, p-value &lt; 0.001). The results of this study could be employed in planning of promoting health literacy and health behaviors modification according to the 3 A 2 S among the students from the cluster of health sciences and public health in a Rajabhat University.</p> 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/257517 Factors predicting frozen ready meal consumption behavior among undergraduate students in Naresuan University 2022-08-01T08:17:02+07:00 Sunsanee Mekrungrongwong sunsaneem@nu.ac.th Matchima Siriphrom matchimas@gmail.com Orapan Pankam orapanp@gmail.com Titiporn Mekrungruangwong titipornm@nu.ac.th <p>This cross-sectional research aimed to study frozen ready meal consumption behavior levels and identify factors predicting frozen ready meal consumption behavior among undergraduate students at Naresuan University. A stratified random sampling technique was used to recruit a sample of 410 undergraduate students. A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and stepwise multiple regression at a significance level of 0.05.</p> <p>The results revealed that the samples had a moderate level of frozen ready meal consumption behavior (<img title="\bar{x}" src="https://latex.codecogs.com/gif.latex?\bar{x}" /> = 3.63, S.D. = 0.65). Four factors could predict frozen ready meal consumption behaviors among undergraduate students, including social support, attitude, age, and the accessibility of frozen ready meals. All these factors accounted for 57.3% of predicting frozen ready meal consumption behavior. Therefore, relevant agencies in the study area should encourage individual social support and accurate advertising media on frozen ready meals. Additionally, they should provide the program or activities for promoting a precise attitude on frozen ready meal consumption behavior to encourage students to have proper and appropriate frozen food consumption behavior.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/258367 Guidelines for Authors 2022-08-29T20:19:54+07:00 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University phatsaveeo@nu.ac.th 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/256970 Reducing salt and sodium intake through health promotion strategies 2022-06-20T13:56:31+07:00 Waraporn Youngiam warapornyo@nu.ac.th Nithra Kitreerawutiwong nithrak@nu.ac.th <p>High salt and sodium intake are associated with hypertension and coronary vascular disease. The establishment of salt and sodium intake reduction strategy and measurement is aligned with one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as goal number 3 indicated that seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life, to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by one‐third by the year 2030. Healthcare organization employed health promotion approaches to achieve this target in reducing salt and sodium consumption through "Best buy intervention" strategy according to World Health Organization recommendations. Many countries adopt this concept <em>according</em> to their social and economic environment. The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health launched the “SALTS strategy” in Thailand (2016-2025) to reduce salt and sodium consumption by 30.0% by 2025. The actions were consistent with health promotion strategies.</p> <p>This article aimed to present the situation of salt and sodium consumption, the consequence of excessive consumption of salt and sodium as detrimental to health, the successful implementation of salt and sodium reduction, health promotion strategies for reducing salt and sodium consumption, and the conclusion of reducing salt and sodium intake through applications of health promotion strategies. In order to successfully implement these strategies, several efforts, continuous implementation, and monitoring need to be applied. The cooperation with multiple sectors such as governmental, educational institutes as well as the industries should be taken into consideration. The comprehensive intervention will be led to improve individual health behavior in reducing salt and sodium consumption and reducing the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.</p> 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/257457 The management of continuous variables for data analysis in medical and public health research 2022-08-02T15:49:57+07:00 Saksin Simsin ss.simsin@gmail.com <p>Handling continuous variables before being applied to the analysis directly affects statistical conclusions and research results. Inappropriate grouping of continuous variables causes a loss of the semantic ability to interpret the meaning of the data. In addition, it causes an error in estimation of the parameters of the statistical model, resulting in decreased predictive efficiency model and increased type 1 error. Therefore, if the researchers do not have sufficient empirical evidence to support the categorization of continuous variables, it should be directly applied to continuous variables for analysis. In case of the researcher wants to categorize the continuous variables to describe the variables by group or test the hypothesis for applying the result in practice, this situation necessity to plan at the time of designing the research methodology of the research protocol based on theoretic or clinical justification. The likelihood of bias should be considered, and the statistical analysis results should be interpreted carefully. This article presents the example of the power of managing continuous variables to the statistics value and logistics model, the pros and cons of managing continuous variables as categorical variables, and the conclusion and recommendation. The contribution will be beneficial for the researcher in selecting the appropriate approach to managing continuous variables for data analysis.</p> 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPHNU/article/view/258368 Author Declaration Form for Publication in Journal of Public Health Naresuan University 2022-08-29T20:27:03+07:00 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University phatsaveeo@nu.ac.th 2022-08-31T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Public Health Naresuan University