TitlePerceptions of Risk for Hepatitis B Infection among the Hmong.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKue, J, Thorburn, S, Szalacha, LA
JournalHmong Stud J
Date Published2016

The Hmong in the U.S. who emigrated from Southeast Asia, an area where hepatitis B is endemic, experience high rates of hepatitis B infection and liver cancer compared to non-Hispanic whites. This exploratory study examined the Hmong's perceptions of risk of hepatitis B infection. We interviewed 83 Hmong women and men living in Oregon. In bivariate statistical analysis, greater perceived susceptibility, lower perceived barriers, and having a healthcare provider recommendation were each significantly related to having ever been screened for hepatitis B. Logistic regression models indicated that having a recommendation by a doctor or healthcare provider was the strongest predictor of having been screened for hepatitis B, followed by education and insurance. Future interventions with the Hmong population should focus on the important role of health care providers play in raising awareness about hepatitis B infection and increasing screening uptake.

Alternate JournalHmong Stud J
PubMed ID28154502
PubMed Central IDPMC5283865
Grant ListR21 CA139147 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States