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نویسندگان [English]چکیده [English]
Background and Purpose:
Hepatitis B is an acute disease which is transferred by infected blood products. It can transfer a stable infection to others. Barber shops are among the public places which can easily help transfer Hepatitis B virus because of using blades and scissors. Therefore, the present study was conducted to investigate the awareness, attitude and performance of barbers against Hepatitis B in Sabzevar, Iran in 2008. Methods and Materials:
In this cross sectional descriptive study, 250 male and female barbers were randomly selected from different urban zones. The data collection instrument was a questionnaire completed through interview and observation of the workplace and performance. The validity of the questionnaire was confirmed by content validity and its reliability by a pilot study. Results:
The results indicated that age and educational status did not affect the barbers’ awareness, attitude and performance. However, significant relationships were observed between the defined variables (awareness, attitude and performance) and their education and area of residence (P<0.001).
The awareness of barbers in Sabzevar, Iran about Hepatitis B is about average or good but their performance is weaker. Female barbers can be considered superior to their male counterparts as for awareness, attitude and performance.