A Survey Of Prevalence Of Helicobacter pylori Within Vietnamese Community Through The Vietnam Health Clinic

Ky Viet Ngo, Lisa Chang Ngo, Yogavedya Mukkamala, Jacky Vinh Tran, Andrew Robert Wilmington

Abstract


Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are gastric bacteria known to cause chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers, and can eventually lead to gastric adenocarcinoma in the long term. Prevalence of H. pylori among Caucasian, Hispanic and African-American populations has been surveyed in previous studies. However, prevalence and distribution of H. pylori among Asian communities has yet to be exhaustively profiled. While H. pylori exhibits worldwide circulation, studies have shown that infection is more prevalent in developing countries. The Vietnam Health Clinic (VHC) is a mobile clinic that provides free healthcare to underserved populations in Vietnam every year. The data collected from the roughly 3000 patients served from VHC trips between 2012 and 2014 presents an invaluable opportunity to learn more about H. pylori prevalence and distribution within the native Vietnamese community. By delving into the patient’s background, medical history and previous treatment history of H. pylori, we have produced a level of granularity in our dataset that can facilitate novel prevention and treatment processes in future VHC trips. Tabulation of data and statistical analysis was done with Tableau and Excel. As this is a retrospective and exploratory study, a causal relationship cannot be confidently deduced. However, by providing insight into the relationship between patient demographic factors and H. pylori, our research can help to provide a foundation for causally directed studies in the future.

Keywords


Helicobacter pylori, Vietnam Health Clinic (VHC), Public Health

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