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.

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.

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