Australia: New resource helps GPs manage patients with chronic hepatitis B and C

GPs across Western Australia will receive a new chronic hepatitis B and C primary care pathway later this month. WA Health has developed the pathway to assist GPs and primary health care providers assess and manage patients with hepatitis B or hepatitis C in the community.

Across Australia, only a small proportion of those living with chronic hepatitis B or C are accessing treatment. Treatment with antiviral medication can significantly reduce the risk of complications such as cirrhosis and liver failure.

The clinical pathway has been developed in close collaboration with key stakeholders, and contains up-to-date evidence-based recommendations as well as links to a range of patient and health professional resources.

It provides a quick guide for GPs and summarises:
Thanks to all the clinicians, GPs, Communicable Disease Control Directorate staff and non-government organisations that supported the development of this resource.

For more information, visit the Public Health website (external site) and download the primary care pathway (PDF 810KB).

Source:  http://www.health.wa.gov.au/snapshots/hepatitisBC.cfm

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