Journal article

A validation of the use of names to screen for risk of chronic hepatitis B in Victoria, Australia, 2001 to 2010

JH MacLachlan, YJ Wang, BC Cowie

EUROSURVEILLANCE | EUR CENTRE DIS PREVENTION & CONTROL | Published : 2013

Abstract

The burden of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is increasing in Australia, particularly in those born in the Asia-Pacific region, and nearly half are undiagnosed. Primary care clinicians have a key role in diagnosing CHB, however identification of patients at risk is hindered by lack of awareness and limited information on country of birth in patient records. This study evaluates the potential of a validated list of names associated with Asian country of birth as a screening tool to predict risk of CHB, by comparing it with surveillance records for all people diagnosed with CHB or salmonellosis in Victoria from 2001 to 2010, and analysed using standard screening tools. Name list match was associate..

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