CATH-B study – Chinese community Access to Treatment for Hepatitis B.


A team of researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (STH) and the University of Sheffield (UoS) School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) received funding from the Department of Health Policy Research Programme through the call “Chronic Hepatitis B: Improving Access and Engagement to Diagnosis and Treatment”. In February 2014 the team have begun investigating barriers behind the lack of testing, specialist healthcare and treatment for Hepatitis B in the Chinese Community in South Yorshire.

The CATH-B study aims to identify drivers for the gap in healthcare access and provision for Chinese residents living in the UK by holding group and individual discussions with both the community and health professionals serving them.

The study commenced in February 2014 and was completed in December 2016. Publications and further work can be made available by contacting the lead researchers.


The research team aims to answer the following question:

What are the existing barriers for access to diagnosis and treatment of chronic hepatitis B in the Chinese and Far East Asian population in South Yorkshire?

The question applies to:

1.     Barriers and facilitators related to the community

2.     Barriers and facilitators related to healthcare practitioners

3.     Barriers and facilitators related to the health system; commissioning and policy

Contact us on https://twitter.com/cath_b_study

The study Investigators :


Dr Alicia Vedio

Dr Alicia Vedio


Lead Investigator, Infectious Diseases Physician

Dr Andrew Lee


Lead Investigator, Senior Lecturer Public Health

Eva Liu

Dr Eva Liu


Research Fellow

Dr Jason Horsley

Dr Jason Horsley


Public Health Physician

Ben Stone

Dr Benjamin Stone


Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases

Dr Sarah Salway

Dr Sarah Salway


Senior Social Scientist

Professor Goyder

Prof Elizabeth Goyder


Deputy Dean of ScHARR, Public Health Consultant

Professor Steve Green

Prof Steve Green


Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases


The Research Advisory Group:

The advisory group includes clinicians, researchers and community representatives, who will ensure a collective sense of responsibility for timescales, completion of the study, and adherence to research governance and ethical research practice


Sheffield based members

Prof David Dockrell

Communicable Diseases Academic Director

Dr Mike Tomson

General Practitioner (Belgrave Medical Centre) and GP Trainer

Ms Ruth Granger

Health Protection Manager, Sheffield City Council

Dr Wendy Phillips

Unit Director Health Protection South Yorkshire

Dr Cathy Read

Consultant in Public Health, Public Health England, Yorkshire and Humber

Dr Karen Rogstad

Consultant in GUM, Sexual Health and HIV, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Members outside Sheffield

Prof David Goldberg

Deputy Chair BBV and STI Prevention Network, Health Protection Scotland, Professor of Public Health

Dr Christian Schnier

Senior Epidemiologist Health Protection Scotland; Glasgow Caledonian University 

Ms Carrie Ho

Lead Senior Specialist, Scottish Huntington's Association

Mr Eddie Chan

Director of Chinese National Healthy Living Centre - London. Representative at BME Forum.


Patient and public involvement

See our page at the INVOLVE database: CATH-B Study


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