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Factors associated with hepatitis B testing among cambodian american men and women.

Taylor, Victoria M and Bastani, Roshan and Burke, Nancy and Talbot, Jocelyn and Sos, Channdara and Liu, Qi and Carey Jackson, J and Yasui, Yutaka (2012) Factors associated with hepatitis B testing among cambodian american men and women. Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health, 14 (1). pp. 30-38. ISSN 1557-1920

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Article URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10903-011-9536-8

Abstract

Cambodian Americans have an elevated risk of liver cancer. This health disparity is attributable to high rates of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Our study examined factors associated with HBV testing among Cambodian men and women. A population-based survey was conducted in the Seattle area. The Health Behavior Framework guided our survey instrument development. We attempted to interview a man and a woman in each household. The sample included 300 men and 367 women. About one-half of the male (45%) and female (54%) respondents had been tested for HBV. Two factors were independently associated with testing among men and women: a doctor had recommended testing and had asked a doctor for testing. Knowing that someone who looks and feels healthy can spread HBV was independently associated with testing among men. Low levels of HBV testing remain a public health problem among Cambodians. Interventions should improve patient-provider communication by encouraging providers who serve Cambodians to recommend HBV testing, as well as by empowering Cambodians to ask for testing.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com
DOI: 10.1007/s10903-011-9536-8
PubMed ID: 22002705
NIHMSID: NIHMS353080
Grant Numbers: CA134245
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2012 23:32
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2015 07:17
URI: http://authors.fhcrc.org/id/eprint/533

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