Hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans

Tung T. Nguyen, Vicky Taylor, Moon S Chen, Roshan Bastani, Annette E. Maxwell, Stephen J. Mcphee

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Abstract

Background. Due to the high prevalence of hepatitis B, Asian Americans have high rates of liver cancer. Screening for hepatitis B leads to monitoring and treatment and prevent further infection through vaccination of contacts. Methods. We reviewed the published literature up to 2006 on hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans. Results. Many Asian Americans lack knowledge about hepatitis B and have not been screened. Sociodemographics, knowledge, beliefs, and health care variables are associated with screening. Conclusions. Further research and health policy changes are needed to address the problem of hepatitis B and liver cancer among Asian Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-272
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume22
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Oncology

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    Nguyen, T. T., Taylor, V., Chen, M. S., Bastani, R., Maxwell, A. E., & Mcphee, S. J. (2007). Hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans. Journal of Cancer Education, 22(4), 266-272.