Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Original Article

Can family physicians have a role in eradication of hepatitis c infection?

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Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University School of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey

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Department of Public Health, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University School of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University School of Medicine, Kahramanmaras, Turkey

Turk J Gastroenterol 2020; 31: 393-399
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2020.19913
Read: 94 Downloads: 48 Published: 04 May 2020

Background/Aims: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection is an important global public health problem. The application of screening programs is important for the elimination of HCV in addition to DAA therapies. The aim of this study was to measure the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of family physicians, who are important in screening programs for the diagnosis, natural history, and treatment of HCV infection.

Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study aimed to measure the knowledge levels in respect of HCV screening, diagnosis, natural history and treatment, of family physicians working nationwide in Turkey, through a survey.

Results: The most common reason to perform an anti-HCV test stated by 70.9% (n:420) of the participants was the mandatory screening program before marriage. Of the participants included in the study, 29.6% (n=175) had encountered anti-HCV test positivity at least once within the last year, and of these, 15.4% (n=27) had no knowledge of whether the patient went to a higher level center for further diagnosis, while 58.9% (n=103) did not know the disease stage. In response to questions about current drug options for hepatitis C infection, 14.5% were aware of DAA and 34.8% of participitant reported interferon+ ribavirin.

Conclusion: Family physicians have gaps in their knowledge of the screening, natural history and treatment of HCV infection. The results of this study show that HCV training plans for family physicians should cover all aspects of the infection, and emphasize the necessity for the establishment of guideline-based screening recommendations.

Cite this article as: Şahin AR, Erdoğan A, Gisi K, et al. Can family physicians have a role in eradication of hepatitis c infection? Turk J Gastroenterol 2020; 5: 393-9.

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