Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Prevalence of hepatitis B infection in Vietnamese Americans of Orange County, California
by Vo, Vietnam, M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 78; 1522267
Abstract (Summary)

This study was conducted to examine the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection among Vietnamese American patients in Orange County, California. Although sparse studies have been done on this topic, the prevalence of infection in this population is not well known due to poor surveillance and public health efforts to identify this specific vulnerable population.

Patient data of a community clinic serving the second largest national population of Vietnamese Americans was collected (2006-2012) and analyzed for prevalence of HBV infection across multiple patient demographic categories. This data indicated that the HBV infection prevalence among Vietnamese American patients at this clinic was lower than recent published data of 7-14% but was still alarmingly high (3.4% as of 2012), over 10 times that of the general U.S. population at 0.3–0.5%. In addition, data indicated that female patients had higher prevalence of HBV infection than men (62% vs. 38% in 2011), patients aged 50-70 recorded the highest prevalence rates (19.8-42.4%) and the majority of these patients were married (58.2%). The results of this study have demonstrated that current public health measures have been unsuccessful in addressing the problem of HBV infection in Vietnamese Americans in Orange County, California.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Singh-Carlson, Savitri
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Publication Number: 1522267
ISBN: 9781267977625