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Table 2 Knowledge of dehydration definition, prevention, consequences, and water intake recommendation

From: Public knowledge of dehydration and fluid intake practices: variation by participants’ characteristics

Knowledge Questions n = 393 Selected Not Selected
Knowledge of dehydration definition n(%) n(%)
Which of the following statements in your understanding describes dehydration?
 I can become dehydrated if I don’t drink enough fluids (e.g. water/milk/juice/tea) 363(92.37) a 30(7.63)
 I can become dehydrated if I don’t eat properly 38(9.67) b 355(90.33)
 I can become dehydrated if I don’t get enough sleep 33(8.40) c 360(91.60)
 Overall Knowledge Good Poor
  366(93.13) 27(6.87)
Knowledge of dehydration prevention n(%) n(%)
In your opinion, which of the following reduces risk of dehydration? Correct Choice Incorrect Choice
 Drinking enough fluids (water/milk/juice/tea) 350(89.06) 43(10.94)
 By consuming foods with high water content (e.g. watermelon, oranges, apples) 247(62.85) 146(37.15)
 In hot climate replenish fluids as priority 350(89.06) 43(10.94)
 Overall Knowledge Good Poor
  332(84.48) 61(15.52)
Knowledge of dehydration consequences n(%) n(%)
In your opinion, which of the following conditions may be caused by severe dehydration? Correct Choice Incorrect Choice
 Kidney stones 312(79.39) 81(20.61)
 Death 171(43.51) 222(56.49)
 Brain damage 85(21.63) 308(78.73)
 Seizure 57(14.50) 336(85.50)
Knowledge of water intake recommendation n(%) n(%)
In your opinion, what is the minimum requirement to drink water for an average weight (70 kg) human? Responses
1 Litre - 31(7.89)
2 Litre 150(38.17) -
3 Litre 143(36.39) -
4 Litre - 69(17.56)
Overall Knowledge Good Poor
  293(74.55) 100(25.45)
  1. Selection of a or b is correct while c is incorrect choice