December 18, 2013

Raising public awareness of hepatitis B and C through a testing road show

Br J Nurs. 2013 Dec 12;22(22):1308-12.

Perrett S1, Hams P2.


Over the past decade, as the profile of hepatitis B and C has been raised, a range of nurse-led services has been developed among substance misuse services, prisons and homeless services to reach those at the highest risk of infection. In the UK, it is estimated that up to two-thirds of people with hepatitis C are unaware of their infection (Cornberg et al, 2011). These patients represent those at the highest risk of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer, and many are unlikely to be in contact with services that offer routine testing. To help address this, the Welsh Hepatitis Nurse Forum (WHNF) carried out two road shows aimed at raising awareness of hepatitis B and C among the general public and offering testing. This paper describes the process, results and evaluation of the road shows that took place in 2011 and 2012. The road show is a unique way in which nurses can reach those who may not have regular contact with health services, and has proved useful for generally raising awareness. Further work is needed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the road shows.

PMID: 24335868 [PubMed - in process]


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