Sources of knowledge about hepatitis C and methods of diagnostics

Journal Title: Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu - Year 2014, Vol 20, Issue 1


Introduction and aim. Hepatitis C has been recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the largest epidemiologicalrisks because of its asymptomatic course and lack of an effective vaccine. The aim of this study is to analyze the sources of knowledge about hepatitis C and methods of diagnostics of the hepatitis C virus, and to identify the opinions of respondents on the level of the information about the disease in the Polish population.Material and methods. A survey was conducted among 115 people living in the Lublin province, aged 32–55 years. The obtained results were statistically analyzed using the Chi-2 and Cramer›s V correlation coefficient.Results. The great majority of respondents had knowledge of the ability to perform diagnostic tests for HCV. The results showed that the main source of current knowledge about hepatitis C in respondents is television. However, respondents considered the family doctor a reliable source of information about the disease. At the same time, more than 80% of respondents stated that they had insufficient knowledge about hepatitis C.Conclusions. The study group is aware of the diagnostic tests for the detection of HCV infection. Respondents admitted that their knowledge about hepatitis C is small and would like to learn more about it. Analysis surveyed agreed that a reliable source of knowledge about the disease is the medical staff.Key words: hepatitis C, source of information, diagnostic examination

Authors and Affiliations

Paweł Kalinowski, Marta Kowalska, Urszula Bojakowska


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Paweł Kalinowski, Marta Kowalska, Urszula Bojakowska (2014). Sources of knowledge about hepatitis C and methods of diagnostics. Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu, 20(1), 92-97.