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CGH Study Recommends Better Care Coordination for HCV-Positive Patients

May 3, 2016

New article in press finds no differences in achieving HCV care milestones between patients identified by birth cohort vs. risk-based screening.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. To keep you up-to-date on the latest science in this area, we wanted to share a newly accepted article to Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH): No Differences in Achieving Hepatitis C Virus Care Milestones Between Patients Identified by Birth Cohort vs. Risk-Based Screening.

Of the more than 3 million people living with HCV in the U.S., less than 50 percent are aware of their infection, and less than 10 percent have been cured of their disease. In an attempt to improve HCV outcomes and detect more patients with HCV infection, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and CDC have expanded risk- and medical-indication-based screening recommendations to include one-time testing among persons born during 1945-1965.

However, in a new CGH retrospective study, Brianna Norton, DO, MPH, and colleagues report that there were no improvements in the HCV care cascade for birth-cohort patients as compared to those identified via risk-based screening. Furthermore, for patients who did receive appropriate care, there were substantial time gaps between reaching each step along the care cascade, and those time gaps varied tremendously from patient to patient.

This study demonstrates that increased testing does not necessarily result in improved HCV treatment outcomes, and highlights the importance of improving HCV linkage to care.

For additional insights from this study, read the full CGH article (login required).

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