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An estimated four million Americans are infected with the hepatitis C virus, the majority of them unaware that they are infected. Recent treatments have become more effective and can eradicate the virus in 41% of more of patients treated. The primary care physician plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis and management of this common disease and should be aware of risk factors, diagnosis and treatments.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Recognizing the Individual At Risk
  • Diagnosing Hepatitis C Infection
  • Severity and Prognosis
  • Treatment
  • Managing the Side Effects
  • Treatment Decisions
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare personnel and others an understanding of Hepatitis C and the risk factors, methods of diagnosis, current treatments, and managing side effects.

  • Recognize individuals at risk for hepatitis C infection and properly screen them for the disease
  • Describe the different diagnostics tests available for hepatitis C infection and how to use these tests for diagnosis
  • Describe assessing patients with hepatitis C infection, establish the severity of disease and discuss prognosis of the disease with the patient.
  • Describe the current treatment of hepatitis C, including its indications, contraindications, toxicity and clinical application.

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