Department of Public Health Sciences
|Provider knowledge and practice regarding hepatitis B screening in Chinese-speaking patients
Lai CJ, Nguyen TT, Hwang J, Stewart SL, Kwan A, McPhee SJ
Journal of Cancer Education. 2007. 22(1):37-41.
The extent to which academic general medicine providers screen Chinese-speaking patients for hepatitis B virus (HBV) is not known.
Retrospective cohort study of Chinese-speaking patients' HBV screening status and survey of providers' HBV knowledge/screening.
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.
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.
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