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J Cancer Educ. 2007 Spring;22(1):37-41.

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

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Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco94143, USA. clai@medicine.ucsf.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
17570807
DOI:
10.1007/bf03174373
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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