Journal article

The Cascade of Care for an Australian Community-Based Hepatitis C Treatment Service

Amanda J Wade, Diana M Macdonald, Joseph S Doyle, Adam Gordon, Stuart K Roberts, Alexander J Thompson, Margaret E Hellard

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C treatment uptake in Australia is low. To increase access to hepatitis C virus treatment for people who inject drugs, we developed a community-based, nurse-led service that linked a viral hepatitis service in a tertiary hospital to primary care clinics, and resulted in hepatitis C treatment provision in the community. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients referred to the community hepatitis service was undertaken to determine the cascade of care. Logistic regression analyses were used to identify predictors of hepatitis C treatment uptake. RESULTS: Four hundred and sixty-two patients were referred to the community hepatitis service; 344 attended. Among the ..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarship


Funding Acknowledgements

AW is a recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarship (GNT1093846). JD, MH, and AT acknowledge support from the National Health and Medical Research Council. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contribution to this work of Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program funding for the Burnet Institute. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.