Environmental Disease

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77--82

Analysis of correlation between defecation posture and risk of urinary tract infections among adolescent populations


Subramani Parasuraman1, Lim Ee Wen1, Aaseer Thamby Sam2, Parayil Varghese Christapher1, Krishnamoorthy Venkates Kumar3 
1 Units of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100 Bedong, Kedah, Malaysia
2 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100 Bedong, Kedah, Malaysia
3 Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100 Bedong, Kedah, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Subramani Parasuraman
Unit of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, 08100 Bedong, Kedah
Malaysia

Objective: To assess the correlation between defecation posture and risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) rates among a representative adolescent sample in Malaysia Methods: The study was conducted between February 2015 and September 2015 using Google forms. A total of 568 enrolled and 551 participated in the study. The online questionnaire was divided into three sections viz., informed consent info; demographic details; knowledge and attitude analysis. The form was circulated online to obtain the responses. Results: The mean age of study participants was 23.99 ΁ 6.04 years. Majority of the study population used western type of toilet and felt comfortable with it. In the public context (movie halls, shopping malls etc.), most of the study participants preferred to use Indian/squatting type of toilet to avoid bodily contact with the toilet bowl. The study population was Malaysian. The respondents normally defecated at least once a day and normally took <10 min to defecate. About 38.8% of the respondents who were having sharing accommodation were not sure about the frequency of toilet cleaning. Totally, 10.7% of the study participants had previous history of UTIs, with the average duration of infection being around 5 days to 3 weeks. Conclusion: Defecation is an important physiological event and many of the study participants required more education on normal physiological methods of defecation postures. Appropriate education is required to improve the personal health and reducing the risk of acquiring UTIs.


How to cite this article:
Parasuraman S, Wen LE, Sam AT, Christapher PV, Kumar KV. Analysis of correlation between defecation posture and risk of urinary tract infections among adolescent populations.Environ Dis 2016;1:77-82


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Parasuraman S, Wen LE, Sam AT, Christapher PV, Kumar KV. Analysis of correlation between defecation posture and risk of urinary tract infections among adolescent populations. Environ Dis [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Feb 1 ];1:77-82
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