Hepatitis B

The subjective observations of our survey team were that the questionnaire was received with enthusiasm by the community and that there was a great desire among respondents to learn about HBV. Based on our experience, we suspect that HBV public educational programs would be well received by the Chinese-Asian community. The present study demonstrated a […]

When one considers that Asian immigrants have been shown to constitute the largest pool of chronic HBV carriers in parts of North America with low baseline endemicity , and that the Chinese and Southeast Asian proportion in BC is the highest in Canada, it is clear that there is a need to increase the level […]

Because our study included both sexes, was less intrusive and more anonymous (ie, a simple written survey as opposed to a long ‘face-to-face’ interview), we have a greater confidence that it may be more representative of the at-risk adult Chinese-Asian community of Vancouver-Richmond and can probably be generalized to the Canadian Chinese-Asian community as a […]

We speculate that 10% to 15% of participants are chronic HBV carriers and would have a greater awareness of HBV and its consequences. Therefore, the level of HBV knowledge in the at-risk subpopulation who are HBV-negative would be expected to be even lower than the numbers obtained in the present study. There have been few studies […]

Also, participants with elementary education had a lower chance (OR=0.3) of knowing the serious consequences of HBV than did the participants with postsecondary education. The present study demonstrated that there is both concern and desire for further HBV education among the Asian immigrant population in the Vancouver-Richmond community. Only 7.7% of those surveyed believed that […]

On the other hand, participants with secondary education (OR=0.5) and elementary education (OR=0.2) had lower odds of scoring a reasonable level of HBV knowledge when compared with their counterparts with postsecondary education (trend test, P<0.001). The OR for respondents who obtained health information from media was 1.6 compared with those who did not. The significant […]

Only 30.0% were aware that HBV could cause both cirrhosis and cancer. The level of HBV knowledge was considered ‘reasonable’ if respondents correctly answered more than four of eight questions and ‘very low’ if they had zero to two questions correct. Survey results demonstrated that 61.3% of respondents had a reasonable level, and 18.7% had […]

A total of 1008 people responded to the survey; however, 15 surveys were excluded because of incomplete survey responses (ie, only completed one page of a two-page survey). The total number of completed surveys for analysis was 993. The demographics and characteristics of the population sampled are shown in Table 2. The population sample consisted […]

The content of the questionnaire was reviewed and approved by the University of British Columbia Behavioural Research Ethics Board. Overall, the questions were designed to determine the respondent’s HBV knowledge base, taking care to avoid asking about personal information or sensitive issues. The questionnaire comprised two categories. The first category requested background information and the […]

Both of these commercial centres function as de facto community centres, providing shopping, restaurants, food and entertainment, as well as noncommercial community events. The survey was conducted over four consecutive weekend days. The first two weekend days of surveying were conducted at one centre, while the following two weekend days were conducted at the other […]