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Table 3 Attitude toward Hepatitis B

From: A cross sectional assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice towards Hepatitis B among healthy population of Quetta, Pakistan

Hepatitis B Attitude Items N %
Do you think you can get Hepatitis B?
Yes* 158 20.3
No 622 79.7
What would be your reaction if you found that you have Hepatitis B?
Fear* 246 31.5
Shame 308 39.5
Surprise 89 11.4
Sadness 137 17.6
Who would you talk to about your illness?
Physician 104 13.3
Spouse 367 47.1
Parents 207 26.5
Child 7 0.9
Other Relatives 23 2.9
Friends 72 9.2
No one¥ 0 0
What will you do if you think that you have symptoms of Hepatitis B?
Go to Health facility* 231 29.6
Go to Hakeem 273 35.0
Go to Homeopath 73 9.4
Go to Traditional healer 203 26.1
If you had symptoms of Hepatitis B, at what stage you will go to the health facility?
Own treatment fails 405 51.9
After 3-4 weeks of the appearance of symptoms 126 16.2
Soon as I realize the symptoms are of Hepatitis B* 203 26.0
Will not go to physician 46 5.9
How expensive do you think is the diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis B?
Free 5 0.6
Reasonable 51 6.5
Somewhat expensive 338 43.3
Expensive 248 31.8
Don't know¥ 138 17.7
What worries you most if you will be diagnosed with Hepatitis B
Fear of death 259 32.2
Fear of disease spread to family 149 19.1
Cost of treatment 81 10.4
Isolation from the society¥ 291 37.3
  1. * Positive attitude, ¥ Negative attitude.
  2. Note: Attitude was assessed by giving 1 to positive and 0 to negative attitude. The scale classified attitude as positive with score >4 and negative ≤4. Over all the respondents had a negative attitude towards Hepatitis B with mean score of 3.72 ± 1.2.