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Table 2 Distribution of hepatitis B and liver cancer knowledge and local hepatitis B practices among health professionals in China

From: Hepatitis B and liver cancer knowledge and practices among healthcare and public health professionals in China: a cross-sectional study

Survey question N (%)
HBV knowledge   
Which of the following viruses is transmitted like HIV?   
   Correct 228 91.6
   Incorrect/missing 21 8.4
Which of the following age groups, if infected, is at highest risk of developing chronic HBV infection?
   Correct 223 89.6
   Incorrect/missing 26 10.4
Which of the following blood tests measures protection against HBV?
   Correct 209 83.9
   Incorrect/missing 40 16.1
How many people in China have chronic HBV infection?   
   Correct 234 94.0
   Incorrect/missing 15 6.0
Which of the following is a curative treatment for HBV?   
   Correct 216 86.8
   Incorrect/missing 33 13.2
Does chronic hepatitis B usually cause symptoms?   
   Correct 165 66.3
   Incorrect/missing 84 33.7
What are the potential complications of chronic HBV infection?  
   Correct 177 71.1
   Incorrect/missing 72 28.9
What is the most common cause of liver cancer in China?   
   Correct 235 94.4
   Incorrect/missing 14 5.6
If a pregnant woman is an HBV carrier, which of the following is the best way to prevent perinatal transmission?
   Correct 214 85.9
   Incorrect/missing 35 14.1
Which of the following viruses is transmitted by contaminated water?
   Correct 240 96.4
   Incorrect/missing 9 3.6
Which of the following forms of viral hepatitis is vaccine-preventable?  
   Correct 239 96.0
   Incorrect/missing 10 4.0
Which of the following forms of viral hepatitis can lead to chronic hepatitis?
   Correct 201 80.7
   Incorrect/missing 48 19.3
What are the modes of HBV transmission?
   Correct 164 65.9
   Incorrect/missing 85 34.1
What are the best ways of preventing transmission of HBV?
   Correct 175 70.3
   Incorrect/missing 74 29.7
Who should be vaccinated if they are not protected against HBV?
   Correct 221 88.8
   Incorrect/missing 28 11.2
What are the tests used to monitor patients with chronic HBV infection?
   Correct 77 30.9
   Incorrect/missing 172 69.1
HBV health practices
If someone tests positive for HBV, do you report the results to the patient?
   Yes 202 82.1
   No 44 17.9
If someone tests positive for HBV, do you report the results to the patient's employer?
   Yes 93 37.8
   No 153 62.2
If someone tests positive for HBV, do you report the results to the patient's school?
   Yes 61 24.8
   No 185 75.2
If someone tests positive for HBV, do you report the results to the health department?
   Yes 105 42.7
   No 141 57.3
Does your city/village prohibit HBV-infected individuals from working for the government?
   Yes 25 13.0
   No 167 87.0
Does your city/village prohibit HBV-infected individuals from attending schools?
   Yes 53 27.6
   No 139 72.4
Does your city/village require HBV-infected individuals to have separate eating utensils/plates?
   Yes 35 18.2
   No 157 81.8
Does your city/village prohibit HBV-infected individuals from working in healthcare?
   Yes 52 27.1
   No 140 72.9
What population groups receive free hepatitis B vaccines in your city/village?
   Vaccines are free for newborns (± other groups) 222 89.5
   Vaccines are free for health workers only 5 2.0
   Vaccines are only for purchase 19 7.7
   Vaccines are not available 2 0.8
What do clinics/hospitals do with used needles in your city/village?
   Single use and destroy on site 186 75.3
   Single use but collected by supplier for disposal 19 7.7
   Disinfect and reuse 6 2.4
   Don't know 36 14.6
Do you display or have available HBV educational material in your workplace?
   Yes, we have posters 69 27.7
   Yes, printed information is available by request 62 24.9
   Both 69 27.7
   No 49 19.7
  1. HBV: hepatitis B virus