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Hepatitis B knowledge and practices among Cambodian immigrants.

Taylor, Vicky M and Seng, Paularita and Acorda, Elizabeth and Sawn, Lyvan and Li, Lin (2009) Hepatitis B knowledge and practices among Cambodian immigrants. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education, 24 (2). pp. 100-104. ISSN 1543-0154

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BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis B infection is the most common cause of liver cancer among Cambodians. Our objective was to describe Cambodian Americans' hepatitis B knowledge, testing, and vaccination levels. METHODS: A community-based telephone survey was conducted in Seattle. Our study sample included 111 individuals. RESULTS: Less than one half (46%) of our study group had received a hepatitis B blood test, and about one third (35%) had been vaccinated against hepatitis B. Only 43% knew that Cambodians are more likely to be infected with hepatitis B than whites. CONCLUSIONS: Over 50% of our respondents did not recall being tested for hepatitis B. We identified important knowledge deficits about hepatitis B. Continued efforts should be made to implement hepatitis B educational campaigns for Cambodians.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Cancer Education 2009;24(2):100-4. The Journal of Cancer Education is available online at:
DOI: 10.1080/08858190802664750
PubMed ID: 19431024
PMCID: PMC2846393
Grant Numbers: CA114640, U48-DP-000050
Keywords or MeSH Headings: Asian Americans/psychology; Emigration and Immigration; Female; Health Education/statistics & numerical data; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Health Surveys; Hepatitis B/ethnology/prevention & control/transmission; Hepatitis B Vaccines/therapeutic use; Hepatitis B virus/pathogenicity; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Vaccination/utilization; Washington;
Subjects: Education > Health education
Diseases > Viral diseases
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 18:22
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2012 14:43

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