Original Article

Physicians’ Knowledge, Behaviour and Attitude About Hepatitis B

  • Hayat Kumbasar Karaosmanoğlu
  • Özlem Altuntaş Aydın
  • Semra Sandıkçı
  • E. Rahsan İnce
  • Özcan Nazlıcan

Received Date: 26.10.2010 Accepted Date: 08.11.2010 Med Bull Haseki 2010;48(4):153-155


Hepatitis B (HBV) infection is one of the most important public health problems throughout the world. Healthcare workers are at risk for hepatitis B infection.


In this study, we aimed to evaluate about HBV immune status, knowledge, attitude and behaviour of the physicians at the Haseki Training and Research Hospital using a structured questionnaire.


150 individuals were included in the study. 9 (%6) physicans had no idea about their own immune status. Of total, 133 (%89) had received HBV vaccination and 110 (%83) have had sufficient immune response. 69 (%46) had a history of needle stick injury. All participants reported that the major trsnsmission routes were blood and sexual contact but only %15 had the knowledge about intrafamilial transmission.


These results indicate that there is a need for development of effective educational programs to improve HBV knowledge among health professionals.

Keywords: Physicans, hepatitis B, knowledge, behaviour, attitude

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