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International Journal of Family Medicine
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 546042, 10 pages
Research Article

Knowledge and Perceptions of Latent Tuberculosis Infection among Chinese Immigrants in a Canadian Urban Centre

1Faculty of Health Sciences, Blusson Hall, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
2Provincial TB Services, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control, 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 4R4
3BC Women’s Health Research Institute, BC Centre for Disease Control, Room H203F, 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3N1
4School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, 2206 E Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z9

Received 15 June 2015; Revised 12 October 2015; Accepted 3 November 2015

Academic Editor: Paul Van Royen

Copyright © 2015 Jie Gao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Since most tuberculosis (TB) cases in immigrants to British Columbia (BC), Canada, develop from latent TB infection (LTBI), treating immigrants for LTBI can contribute to the eradication of TB. However, adherence to LTBI treatment is a challenge that is influenced by knowledge and perceptions. This research explores Chinese immigrants’ knowledge and perceptions towards LTBI in Greater Vancouver. Methods. This mixed methods study included a cross-sectional patient survey at BC’s Provincial TB clinics and two focus group discussions (FGDs) with Chinese immigrants. Data from FGDs were coded and analyzed in Simplified Chinese. Codes, themes, and selected quotes were then translated into English. Results. The survey identified a mean basic knowledge score: 40.0% (95% CI: 38.3%, 41.7%). FGDs confirmed that Chinese immigrants’ knowledge of LTBI was low, and they confused it with TB disease to the extent of experiencing LTBI associated stigma. Participants also expressed difficulties navigating the health system which impeded testing and treatment of LTBI. Online videos were the preferred format for receiving health information. Conclusion. We identified striking gaps in knowledge surrounding an LTBI diagnosis. Concerns of stigma may influence acceptance and adherence of LTBI treatment in Chinese immigrants. Integrating these findings into routine health care is recommended.