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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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