Provider knowledge and practice regarding hepatitis B screening in Chinese-speaking patients

Cindy J. Lai, Tung T. Nguyen, Jimmy Hwang, Susan L. Stewart, Anson Kwan, Stephen J. McPhee

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Background. The extent to which academic general medicine providers screen Chinese-speaking patients for hepatitis B virus (HBV) is not known. Methods. Retrospective cohort study of Chinese-speaking patients' HBV screening status and survey of providers' HBV knowledge/screening. Results. Most patients (65%) received HBV screening. Being screened was independently associated with marital status and years in the clinic. Providers with Asian language abilities and greater knowledge of HBV risk factors/guidelines were more likely to screen. Conclusions. Chinese-speaking patients in this setting were underscreened for HBV. Providers underestimated the risks associated with Chinese ethnicity. Education is needed to improve risk assessment and guideline awareness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Oncology


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