Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of patients with chronic liver disease

Brett Burnham, Sherrie Wallington, Irene A. Jillson, Holta Trandafili, Kirti Shetty, Christopher A. Loffredo

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Objectives: To explore knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and barriers to care among patients with chronic liver disease (CLD). Methods: Three separate, one-timeonly, 60-minutes focus group sessions were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using an editing style of analysis. Results: In total, 13 focus group participants provided 254 discrete comments. Emerging themes included: negative lifestyles/ behaviors, lack of CLD knowledge, negative attitudes/emotions, stigma and negativity, health insurance, inaccessible/ high cost medical care, drug/alcohol abuse, and discriminately sharing CLD diagnoses. Conclusions: Participants felt lack of CLD knowledge was a key factor in how patients perceived prevention, risks, causes, and treatment. These findings contribute to the important, yet limited, base of knowledge about CLD and provide a benchmark for future, more extensive studies and interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-744
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic liver disease
  • Health belief model
  • Health disparities
  • Infectious diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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