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Knowledge, awareness and medical practice of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders on chronic hepatitis b infection: review of current psychosocial evidence

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  • Do, ThuyQuynh N.;Nam, Sang Gon
  • Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs


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Title Knowledge, awareness and medical practice of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders on chronic hepatitis b infection: review of current psychosocial evidence
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Do, ThuyQuynh N.; Nam, Sang Gon

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Seoul:Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs

Date 2011
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Health and Social Welfare Review:31(3)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs

Abstract

The purpose of this review is to conduct a concise review of the literature to evaluate the knowledge, awareness, and medical practice of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (API) supporting the relationship of chronic hepatitis B infection. Liver cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in men and the ninth most common cause of death in women in the United States. On average, Asian Americans are three times more likely to die from liver cancer than other racial/ethnic groups, with Chinese Americans at six times, Koreans eight times and Vietnamese 13 times higher than non-Hispanic Whites. In the United States, about 80% of liver cancer is etiologically associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (API) account for over half of the 1.3 million chronic hepatitis B cases and for over half of the deaths resulting from chronic hepatitis B infection. Relevant studies were identified in PubMed (Medline) using the following search structure: (Hepatitis B or synonyms) AND (liver cancer or synonyms) AND (Asian Americans or synonyms). Further studies were identified by citations in retrieved papers and by consultation with experts. Twenty publications were included in this review. Compared to other racial/ethnic groups, Asians, especially those born in China or Southeast Asia, have significantly poorer knowledge regarding hepatitis B and liver cancer. Knowledge, awareness and medical practice among Asian Americans regarding HBV infection were dependent upon age, gender, race/ethnicity, immigrant status and length of residency. Despite increased risk for chronic hepatitis B and liver cancer, many Asian Americans are uninformed, untested, and unprotected against the disease.