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Title: Misperceptions among patients with chronic hepatitis B in Singapore
Authors: Wai, C.-T.
Mak, B.
Chua, W.
Tan, M.-H.
Ng, S.
Cheok, A.
Wong, M.-L. 
Lim, S.-G.
Keywords: Education
Hepatitis B virus
Public health
Issue Date: 28-Aug-2005
Citation: Wai, C.-T.,Mak, B.,Chua, W.,Tan, M.-H.,Ng, S.,Cheok, A.,Wong, M.-L.,Lim, S.-G. (2005-08-28). Misperceptions among patients with chronic hepatitis B in Singapore. World Journal of Gastroenterology 11 (32) : 5002-5005. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Aim: To identify the misperceptions among CHB patients, as well as to determine the factors associated with better knowledge. Methods: A telephone interview was conducted on 192 adult CHB patients, who earlier responded to an advertisement for free screening. The questionnaire included items about socio-demographic factors and a 14-item quiz on knowledge of general aspects, transmission, and management of HBV infection. Results: The mean knowledge score on HBV was 10.4/14. Common misperceptions included availability of treatment for HBV infection and early liver cancer, as well as on transmission. Having completed tertiary education was the only independent factor associated with a high knowledge score, after controlling other demographic factors. Conclusion: More educational efforts should be focused on patients' misperceptions and target the less educated HBV carriers. © 2005 The WJG Press and Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: World Journal of Gastroenterology
ISSN: 10079327
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