Fundamentals for Clinicians
Hepatitis C Quick Start is written for clinicians and other health care professionals who need quick access to the fundamentals of chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. With the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) final recommendation that all baby boomers and high risk individuals be screened for HCV infection, it is anticipated that 800,000 new cases will be diagnosed. What is hepatitis? Who is considered high risk? What is the algorithm of HCV screening? What is chronic infection? Who needs a biopsy? What is the current treatment? These are only a sample of the questions I answer in Quick Start. Quick Start’s genesis was in 2011 when I began practicing in Addiction medicine and learned more than half of my patient population had untreated chronic HCV infection, a disease I had little understanding of. Now that Hepatitis C screening has become commonplace in all areas of practice, you may find yourself in a similar predicament. That’s why I wrote this book. I’ve taken my years of research and experience with chronic HCV and put it in this accessible, exceptional book that provides you with evidence based guidelines, patient testimonies, practical applications, patient education handouts, and extensive endnotes should you desire to delve deeper. If Hepatitis C is not your area of expertise, I can say with assurance that after reading Quick Start you will be comfortable and confident with your understanding of the disease and its guidelines for treatment and prevention, and in turn will be able to render appropriate care and direction to your patients.