Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Chinese hepatitis B screening and vaccination

Am J Health Behav. 2008 Mar-Apr;32(2):178-87. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2008.32.2.178.


Objective: To measure the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Hepatitis B (HBV) screening and vaccination in the Chinese American population.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 429 Chinese in New York City. Participants were recruited from Chinese community-based organizations. Descriptive statistics and chi-square tests of independence were conducted.

Results: Knowledge level of HBV risk factors and screening and vaccination rates are low. There were significant differences in screening and vaccination by marital and health insurance status, language, gender, education, and income.

Conclusions: Findings suggested that interventions for Chinese Americans and health care providers can substantially increase screening and vaccination rates.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asian Americans / education
  • Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys
  • Hepatitis B / diagnosis
  • Hepatitis B / ethnology*
  • Hepatitis B / prevention & control
  • Hepatitis B / transmission
  • Hepatitis B Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Liver Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Liver Neoplasms / etiology
  • Liver Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Risk Factors


  • Hepatitis B Vaccines