Hepatitis B infection in physicians. Results of a nationwide seroepidemiologic survey

Alex Denes, J. L. Smith, J. E. Maynard, I. L. Doto, K. R. Berquist, A. J. Finkel

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Abstract

To define the epidemiologic features of occupationally acquired hepatits B infection among physicians, the authors conducted a seroepidemiologic survey of physicians attending three American Medical Association conventions in 1975 and 1976. Of 1,192 participating physicians, 220 (18.5%) had serologic evidence of prior hepatitis B virus infection (positive hepatitis B surface antibody). The infection rate was higher among those practicing in urban communities; it increased with the number of years in practice; and among specialities, it was highest in pathologists (27%) and surgeons (28%). The serologic data demonstrated a changing pattern of viral hepatitis related to entry into the medical profession, with hepatitis B accounting for a majority of clinical hepatitis experienced after beginning medical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-212
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Volume239
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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Denes, A., Smith, J. L., Maynard, J. E., Doto, I. L., Berquist, K. R., & Finkel, A. J. (1978). Hepatitis B infection in physicians. Results of a nationwide seroepidemiologic survey. Journal of the American Medical Association, 239(3), 210-212. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.239.3.210

Hepatitis B infection in physicians. Results of a nationwide seroepidemiologic survey. / Denes, Alex; Smith, J. L.; Maynard, J. E.; Doto, I. L.; Berquist, K. R.; Finkel, A. J.

In: Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 239, No. 3, 1978, p. 210-212.

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Denes, A, Smith, JL, Maynard, JE, Doto, IL, Berquist, KR & Finkel, AJ 1978, 'Hepatitis B infection in physicians. Results of a nationwide seroepidemiologic survey', Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 239, no. 3, pp. 210-212. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.239.3.210
Denes, Alex ; Smith, J. L. ; Maynard, J. E. ; Doto, I. L. ; Berquist, K. R. ; Finkel, A. J. / Hepatitis B infection in physicians. Results of a nationwide seroepidemiologic survey. In: Journal of the American Medical Association. 1978 ; Vol. 239, No. 3. pp. 210-212.
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