Hepatitis B Infection in Physicians: Results of a Nationwide Seroepidemiologic Survey

Alexander E. Denes, James E. Maynard, Kenneth R. Berquist, Irene L. Doto, Joseph L. Smith, Asher J. Finkel

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To define the epidemiologic features of occupationally acquired hepatitis B infection among physicians, we 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 specialties, 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
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 16 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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