Chronic hepatitis B: care delivery and patient knowledge in the Torres Strait region of Australia

Preston-Thomas, Annie, Fagan, Patricia, Nakata, Yoko, and Anderson, Elayne (2013) Chronic hepatitis B: care delivery and patient knowledge in the Torres Strait region of Australia. Australian Family Physician, 42 (4). pp. 225-231.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) disproportionately affects Indigenous Australians. This article reports the findings of two studies in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area (T&NPA) of Queensland in Australia. The aim of the first study was to assess CHB care delivery, the second assessed CHB patient knowledge about the condition.

METHODS: A pathology database search (1997-2009) identified a cohort of potential CHB patients in T&NPA. A file audit assessed care delivery for a random sample of 83 CHB patients. A survey assessed knowledge of 42 CHB patients.

RESULTS: A total of 365 hepatitis B positive patients were identified. There are gaps in patient review, monitoring, follow up and specialist referral. Patients had limited knowledge about CHB and measures to reduce its health impact.

DISCUSSION: Chronic hepatitis B affects a substantial number of Indigenous adults in the T&NPA. There is limited adherence to clinical guidelines. Improved uptake of clinical guidelines adapted for remote areas, incorporation of CHB into systematic chronic disease care, and culturally appropriate patient education resources and programs are needed.

Item ID: 26820
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 06 May 2013 04:11
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 100%
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