Journal article

Using telehealth to improve access to hepatitis C treatment in the direct-acting antiviral therapy era

Thomas R Schulz, Kudzai Kanhutu, Joseph Sasadeusz, Sally Watkinson, Beverley-Ann Biggs

Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Introduction One-third of the Australian population lives outside major cities and this group has worse health outcomes. Telehealth is becoming an accepted way to improve patient access to specialist healthcare. Over 200,000 Australian's have hepatitis C virus (HCV) and new treatments are very effective and well tolerated. We aim to demonstrate that HCV treatment utilising telehealth support for care delivery has cure rates similar to onsite care in clinical trials. We also report length of consultation and calculate reductions in travel and carbon output. Methods Patient demographic, clinical, and treatment outcome data were collected prospectively from hospital software and analysed retros..

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