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Knowledge and awareness of hepatitis B among households in Malaysia: a community-based cross-sectional survey

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Show simple item record Rajamoorthy, Y. en_US Taib, N. M. en_US Munusamy, S. en_US Anwar, S. en_US Wagner, A. L. en_US Mudatsir, M. en_US Müller, R. en_US Kuch, U. en_US Groneberg, D. A. en_US Harapan, H. en_US Khin, A. A. en_US 2019-06-04T12:20:45Z 2019-06-04T12:20:45Z 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2458 en_US
dc.identifier.doi en_US
dc.identifier.other en_US
dc.identifier.other 11pp. en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-B7A; DBM; U-ENTOM; OAJ; E-only; JIF; DOI; PDF; Abstract; ITMPUB; DSPACE65 en_US
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B (HepB) is a major public health concern in Malaysia yet little is known about knowledge and awareness of this infection in the country. Such information is essential for designing effective intervention strategies for HepB prevention and control. The aim of this study was to characterize knowledge and awareness regarding HepB in Malaysia and to identify their associated sociodemographic determinants. METHODS: A community-based cross-sectional survey was conducted between January and May 2016 in Selangor state of Malaysia. A two-stage cluster random sampling design was used and one adult member of selected households was interviewed face-to-face. Logistic regression was used to estimate the differences in knowledge and awareness between groups. RESULTS: A total of 764 households completed the interviews and were included in the final analysis. Only 36.9 and 38.8% of the participants had good knowledge and awareness, respectively. The factors associated with good knowledge were being in the 35-44 year age group, Malay ethnicity, high educational attainment and high family income. Being Chinese, being older and having high educational attainment were determinants of having good awareness towards HepB. Participants who had good knowledge were 2.5 times more likely to also have good awareness (OR: 2.41, 95% CI: 1.78-3.26, p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: This study reveals a low level of knowledge and awareness of HepB among households in Malaysia. This finding highlights the need to improve public knowledge and awareness through well-designed programs targeting vulnerable groups in order to reduce hepatitis B virus transmission and achieve the governmental target of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health concern by 2030. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.subject Hepatitis B en_US
dc.subject Viral diseases en_US
dc.subject Households en_US
dc.subject Malaysia en_US
dc.subject Asia-Southeast en_US
dc.title Knowledge and awareness of hepatitis B among households in Malaysia: a community-based cross-sectional survey en_US
dc.type Article-E en_US
dc.citation.issue 1 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle BMC Public Health en_US
dc.citation.volume 19 en_US
dc.citation.pages 47 en_US
dc.citation.abbreviation BMC Public Health en_US

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