Journal article

A costing analysis of a state-wide, nurse-led hepatitis C treatment model in prison

Anna Palmer, Timothy Papaluca, Mark Stoove, Rebecca Winter, Alisa Pedrana, Margaret Hellard, David Wilson, Alexander Thompson, Nick Scott

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C is highly prevalent among prisoners. The simplicity of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment for hepatitis C makes it possible to use novel models of care to increase treatment uptake within prisons. We estimate the average non-drug cost of initiating a prisoner on treatment using real world data from the State-wide Hepatitis Program (SHP) in Victoria, Australia - a coordinated nurse-led model of care. METHODS: Data were considered from prisoners presenting to the SHP (following antibody-positive diagnosis) during the evaluation period, November 2015 to December 2016. All costs associated with the SHP were estimated, including staffing salaries, medical tests, pharm..

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Grants

Awarded by Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) [Partnership grant 1116161, Program grant 1132902].