ARCSHS' Hep B Patient and Clinical Practice Survey report released

ARCSHS' Hep B Patient and Clinical Practice Survey report released

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society has released results from the Hepatitis B Patient and Clinical Practice Survey.

This investigated hepatitis B knowledge and experience of hepatitis B clinical management in liver clinics and general practice among people living with chronic hepatitis B. You can download the report here.

This study recommends:
  • Educational interventions are needed to improve the knowledge of people with hepatitis B about their infection, with a particular focus on misconceptions about transmission, the silent nature of the infection, and available treatments options.
  • Educational interventions need to address the needs of people living with hepatitis B with a low level of academic education and English proficiency.
  • Clinical assessment and management of chronic hepatitis B needs to extend beyond biological evaluations and recognise and address psychological health and social life needs. Counselling could address the most common concerns, including feeling worried about getting liver cancer and infecting other people.
  • The most common complaints of people with hepatitis B in attending the liver clinics related to limited logistic and human resources capacity of liver clinics. Developing a model of hepatitis B shared care that engages GPs could shift a considerable load of liver clinic clients to general practices which are easier access and have more flexible working hours.
ARCSHS' Hep B Patient and Clinical Practice Survey report released