Hospital-based hepatitis C screening of baby boomers in a majority Hispanic South Texas cohort

Successes and barriers to implementation

Barbara Taylor, Joshua Hanson, Poornachand Veerapaneni, Roberto Villarreal, Kristin Fiebelkorn, Barbara J. Turner

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Abstract

Objective. To comply with the 2012 CDC recommendations for hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening, we implemented a new HCV screening program for patients born between 1945 and 1965 at a South Texas safety-net hospital. Methods. Patients with no HCV diagnosis or prior HCV test received an automated order for HCV antibody (anti-HCV) tests combined with reflex HCV ribonucleic acid (RNA) polymerase chain reaction. An inpatient counselor educated anti-HCV-positive patients. A bilingual patient navigator assisted newly diagnosed chronic HCV patients with linkage to primary and specialty care. We examined results for Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic patients in the first 10 months of project implementation in 2013–2014. Results. Of 2,327 patients screened for HCV, the 192 (8%) patients who tested anti-HCV positive were younger than those who tested negative (56 vs. 58 years, respectively, p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-83
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Health Reports
Volume131
StatePublished - May 1 2016

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Hepatitis C
Hispanic Americans
Hepacivirus
Hepatitis C Antibodies
Patient Navigation
Safety-net Providers
Chronic Hepatitis C
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Reflex
Inpatients
Primary Health Care
RNA
Polymerase Chain Reaction

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Hospital-based hepatitis C screening of baby boomers in a majority Hispanic South Texas cohort : Successes and barriers to implementation. / Taylor, Barbara; Hanson, Joshua; Veerapaneni, Poornachand; Villarreal, Roberto; Fiebelkorn, Kristin; Turner, Barbara J.

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Taylor, Barbara ; Hanson, Joshua ; Veerapaneni, Poornachand ; Villarreal, Roberto ; Fiebelkorn, Kristin ; Turner, Barbara J. / Hospital-based hepatitis C screening of baby boomers in a majority Hispanic South Texas cohort : Successes and barriers to implementation. In: Public Health Reports. 2016 ; Vol. 131. pp. 74-83.
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