AB274         ASSOCIATION BETWEEN HEPATITIS AND BETEL-QUID CHEWING IN TAIWAN ABORIGINES

Author(s): 
Hsu J, Huang L
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN
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Background:
Because of the poor liver status in Aborigines, we were concerned about the related health behaviour in Aborigines.
Aim: This study was conducted to investigate the association between hepatitis and betel-quid chewing of Bunun Aborigines.
Methods: This population-based study was conducted in southern Taiwan and was a part of a prospective anthropological plan. The study populations included Bunun Aborigines. Multivariate analysis was used to adjust confounding variables. Sexual dimorphism was investigated.
Results: The high prevalence of betel-quid chewing was found in Bunun Aborigines. The sexual dimorphism was found. The betel-quid chewing was statistically significantly associated with hepatitis.
Conclusion:
The prevention for the betel-quid chewing behaviour in Aborigines was strongly suggested. This study implicates the prevention value for the health policy to solve the health problem in Taiwan aborigines.