Referral of intravenous drug users for antiviral treatment: Effectiveness of hepatitis C case-finding programmes

G. Gazdag, Gergely Horváth, Olga Szabó, Gabor S. Ungvari

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Abstract

Background: Hepatitis C infection (HCI) case-finding programmes aim to identify infected persons in a well-defined population. This study assessed the effectiveness of three HCI case-finding programmes for intravenous drug users by examining the rate of their referral to antiviral treatment. Methods: The Hepatology Outpatient Clinic of Szent László Hospital examines and treats all intravenous drug users who are found positive in HCI case-finding programmes in Budapest. The medical records of patients who visited the Hepatology Outpatient Clinic of Szent László Hospital between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2008 were screened and records indicating a history of drug abuse were selected. These records were matched against the databases of the hepatitis case-finding programmes and the records that appeared in both datasets were analyzed. Results: Of the 234 intravenous drug users identified as hepatitis C virus positive in the Budapest case-finding programmes, only 21 attended the Hepatology Outpatient Clinic of Szent László Hospital and only two started antiviral treatment, but their hepatitis C virus positive status had already been known at the time of screening. Conclusion: In this study, not a single patient with drug abuse whose hepatitis C virus positive status was identified in one of the HCI case-finding programmes was referred for antiviral treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-225
Number of pages3
JournalCentral European Journal of Public Health
Volume20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Hepatitis C
Drug Users
Antiviral Agents
Gastroenterology
Referral and Consultation
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Hepacivirus
Infection
Substance-Related Disorders
Hepatitis
Medical Records
Therapeutics
Databases
Population

Keywords

  • Hepatitis C
  • Intravenous drug users
  • Screening programme

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Referral of intravenous drug users for antiviral treatment : Effectiveness of hepatitis C case-finding programmes. / Gazdag, G.; Horváth, Gergely; Szabó, Olga; Ungvari, Gabor S.

In: Central European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 20, No. 3, 09.2012, p. 223-225.

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