Hepatitis B and liver cancer among three Asian American sub-groups: A focus group inquiry

Morgan M. Philbin, Lori Ann Hamby Erby, Sunmin Lee, Hee Soon Juon

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Abstract

Prevalence of hepatitis B among Asian Americans is higher than for any other ethnic group in the United States. Since more than 50% of liver cancer is hepatitis B related, the burden of morbidity and mortality is extremely high among Asian Americans, highlighting the need for culturally appropriate interventions. We conducted focus groups (n = 8) with a total of 58 Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese immigrants in Maryland to explore knowledge, awareness and perceived barriers toward hepatitis B screening and vaccinations. Thematic analysis uncovered generally low levels of knowledge and awareness of hepatitis B risks, screening, and vaccination; inter-generational differences; and barriers to prevention. Some differences arose across ethnic groups, particularly toward perceived orientation to preventive activities and the role of religious groups. High rates of hepatitis B infection among Asian Americans highlight the need for tailored interventions. These findings may assist policy strategists in implementing interventions that will facilitate the integration and scale-up of hepatitis B education, screening, and vaccination campaigns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)858-868
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

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Asian Americans
Liver Neoplasms
Focus Groups
Hepatitis B
Ethnic Groups
Vaccination
Immunization Programs
Morbidity
Education
Mortality
Infection

Keywords

  • Asian Americans
  • HBV screening and vaccinations
  • Hepatitis B risk
  • Immigrant health
  • Qualitative

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  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Hepatitis B and liver cancer among three Asian American sub-groups : A focus group inquiry. / Philbin, Morgan M.; Erby, Lori Ann Hamby; Lee, Sunmin; Juon, Hee Soon.

In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Vol. 14, No. 5, 10.2012, p. 858-868.

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Philbin, Morgan M. ; Erby, Lori Ann Hamby ; Lee, Sunmin ; Juon, Hee Soon. / Hepatitis B and liver cancer among three Asian American sub-groups : A focus group inquiry. In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2012 ; Vol. 14, No. 5. pp. 858-868.
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