Yung-Hsuan Julie Wang
An evaluation of a Victorian hepatitis C virus (HCV) education
program for general practitioners conducted in 2005–2006 randomly
surveyed 1000 Victorian GPs about key areas of HCV management.
General practitioners were sent a baseline survey before
commencement of the General Practice Victoria (GPV) HCV program
and a feedback brochure upon program completion. A follow up
survey then assessed their knowledge of HCV management.
The surveys were completed by 524/1000 GPs: 87 reported completing
the GPV program and 116 reported reading the feedback brochure.
The survey responses remained unchanged following the GPV
program. General practitioners who reported reading the feedback
brochure were more likely to correctly identify the local incidence
of HCV, risk and prognosis of chronic infection, risk of vertical
transmission and be aware of treatment issues.
In view of the increasing importance of HCV and better treatment
options, ongoing innovative programs are essential to improve HCV
management by GPs.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an increasingly important cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia with 197 000 people estimated to be living with chronic HCV infection in 2005.1 Around 75% of patients with HCV will develop chronic infection with 7% progressing to cirrhosis after 20 years.2
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