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Table 2 Personal hygienic practices and skills at school, home and public areas

From: Can the concept of Health Promoting Schools help to improve students' health knowledge and practices to combat the challenge of communicable diseases: Case study in Hong Kong?

  HSA Non-HPS P value
1. Handwashing Before meal always    
Primary 60.4% (307/508) 66.1% (446/675) 0.05
Secondary 46.6% (366/785) 40.1% (291/725) 0.01
2. Handwashing after toileting always    
Primary 94.9% (482/508) 92.6% (624/674) 0.11
Secondary 93.6% (737/787) 93.2% (676/725) 0.75
3. Teachers reminded students to wash hands before meal    
Primary 65.2% (332/509) 75.9% (491/647) <0.001
Secondary 31.9% (251/786) 8.3% (60/722) <0.001
4. Brush teeth after meal always    
Primary 28.2% (143/507) 19.7% (133/675) 0.001
Secondary 10.7% (84/783) 12.4% (90/724) 0.30
5. Bath everyday    
Primary 99.6% (506/508) 98.1% (663/676) 0.02
Secondary 98.9% (777/786) 98.3% (710/722) 0.39
6. correct coping when fever    
Primary 80.9% (412/509) 75.2%(507/674) 0.02
Secondary 64.0% (497/777) 58.0%(418/721) 0.02