Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 94, Issue 4, pp 281–286 | Cite as

Hepatitis B Knowledge and Practices Among Chinese Canadian Women in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Matthew J. Thompson
  • Victoria M. TaylorEmail author
  • Yutaka Yasui
  • T. Gregory Hislop
  • J. Carey Jackson
  • Alan Kuniyuki
  • Chong Teh



Liver cancer rates are higher in North American Chinese than non-Asian ethnic/racial groups, largely due to chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.


A community-based survey of Chinese women (n = 147) was completed during 1999 to examine HBV knowledge and practices in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Most women had heard of HBV (85%) but smaller proportions knew about some routes of transmission (e.g., sexual intercourse) and sequelae of infection. Knowledge about HBV was significantly associated with education level (p=0.005), English fluency (p<0.001) and household income (p=0.007). Previous serologic testing for HBV infection was significantly associated with education level (p=0.04), English fluency (p=0.01), and level of knowledge about HBV (p<0.001).


Efforts to increase knowledge about HBV infection in this community should consider targeting less educated and less acculturated individuals.



Les taux de cancer du foie des Chinois d’Amérique du Nord sont supérieurs à ceux des groupes ethniques/raciaux non asiatiques, principalement en raison des infections chroniques à VHB (virus de l’hépatite B).


Nous avons mené en 1999 une enquête locale auprès de Chinoises (n=147) pour étudier les connaissances et les pratiques liées au VHB à Vancouver (Colombie-Britannique).


La plupart des femmes (85 %) avaient entendu parler du VHB, mais une moindre proportion en connaissait certaines voies de transmission (p. ex., les rapports sexuels avec pénétration) et les séquelles de l’infection. Les connaissances sur le VHB présentaient une corrélation significative avec le niveau d’instruction (p=0,005), l’aisance en anglais (p<0,001) et le revenu du ménage (p=0,007). Les tests sérologiques antérieurs pour le dépistage des infections à VHB présentaient une corrélation significative avec le niveau d’instruction (p=0,04), l’aisance en anglais (p=0,01) et le niveau de connaissances sur le VHB (p<0,001).


Pour accroître la connaissance des infections à VHB dans cette communauté, on pourrait cibler les personnes relativement moins instruites et moins acculturées.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew J. Thompson
    • 1
  • Victoria M. Taylor
    • 2
    Email author
  • Yutaka Yasui
    • 2
  • T. Gregory Hislop
    • 4
  • J. Carey Jackson
    • 3
  • Alan Kuniyuki
    • 2
  • Chong Teh
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleCanada
  2. 2.Division of Public Health SciencesFred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterSeattleCanada
  3. 3.International Medicine ClinicHarborview Medical CenterSeattleCanada
  4. 4.British Columbia Cancer Control AgencyVancouverCanada

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