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Measuring HCV Intervention Success

J Viral Hepat; ePub 2018 Feb 27; Harris, et al

Biomedical innovation alone is not sufficient to increase hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment engagement among patients most marginalized, with sustainable resourcing of community services crucial in order to effect changes, a recent study found. This intervention from the HepCATT study comprised multiple components, including a nurse facilitator, peer support, and education initiatives. The 96 participants comprised drug service and intervention providers and clients with injecting history. Researchers found:

  • Client engagement with a HCV treatment service rose from 16 at baseline in 2014 to 147 in 2016.
  • Baseline testing and treatment barriers included limited HCV knowledge, fear of diagnosis and treatment, precarious living circumstances, and service-specific obstacles.
  • Treatment engagement was aided by intervention timeliness, improved communication structures, personalized care, streamlined testing and treatment pathways, and peer support.
  • The nurse practitioner was key to intervention success.


Harris M, Bonnington O, Harrison G, Hickman M, Irving W; on behalf of the HepCATT team. Understanding hepatitis C intervention success—Qualitative findings from the HepCATT study. [Published online ahead of print February 27, 2018]. J Viral Hepat. doi:10.1111/jvh.12869.

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