Approach of primary care physicians to hepatitis C: An educational survey from a Southern Italian area

Raffaele Cozzolongo, Renato Cuppone, Josè Petruzzi, Tommaso Stroffolini, Onofrio G. Manghisi

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Objectives: To assess knowledge, attitudes and practices towards hepatitis C of primary care physicians (PCPs) working in a Southern Italian area. Methods: A questionnaire exploring the basic knowledge on risk factors and the management of hepatitis C virus infection was administered in two occasions to a sample of PCPs before and 2 months later the presentation of the EASL guidelines on the management of HCV infection. Results: At the first survey, drug addiction, transfusion in 1982 and sexual contact with multiple partners were listed as the most common risk factors for acquiring HCV infection. As many as 27% of PCPs believed that blood transfusion after 1994 was still an important risk factor for this infection. Only 38% of PCPs would refer HCV positive subject with abnormal ALT levels to a gastroenterologist. Some points showed a definite improvement when first and second survey were compared: the more frequent use of qualitative instead of quantitative HCV-RNA testing for diagnostic purpose and the selection of IFN plus ribavirin as the regimen of choice for active disease. Conclusions: The general practice management of hepatitis C may be improved using educational activities involving directly and interactively PCPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-400
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Infection
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

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Primary Care Physicians
Hepatitis C
Infection
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Ribavirin
Sexual Partners
Practice Management
Risk Management
Virus Diseases
Blood Transfusion
Hepacivirus
General Practice
Substance-Related Disorders
Surveys and Questionnaires
Guidelines
RNA
Education

Keywords

  • Hepatitis C
  • Medical education
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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Approach of primary care physicians to hepatitis C : An educational survey from a Southern Italian area. / Cozzolongo, Raffaele; Cuppone, Renato; Petruzzi, Josè; Stroffolini, Tommaso; Manghisi, Onofrio G.

In: Journal of Infection, Vol. 51, No. 5, 12.2005, p. 396-400.

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Cozzolongo, Raffaele ; Cuppone, Renato ; Petruzzi, Josè ; Stroffolini, Tommaso ; Manghisi, Onofrio G. / Approach of primary care physicians to hepatitis C : An educational survey from a Southern Italian area. In: Journal of Infection. 2005 ; Vol. 51, No. 5. pp. 396-400.
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