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Australas Psychiatry. 2011 Apr;19(2):156-9. doi: 10.3109/10398562.2010.526716. Epub 2011 Feb 25.

Psychiatrists' knowledge and practices in screening and assessment of Hepatitis C for inpatients with severe mental illness.

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  • 1Cumberland Hospital, SWAHS, Australia. katerina.lagios@sydney.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to assess psychiatrists' Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related knowledge and behaviour practices.

METHOD:

A self-report survey was completed by doctors working at an urban psychiatric hospital in Australia.

RESULTS:

Doctors working in psychiatry underestimated the prevalence of HCV infection for their patients and less than one-third felt well informed about HCV. Overall, there was good knowledge regarding HCV acquisition epidemiology but knowledge of management was poor.

CONCLUSION:

Improving knowledge about HCV, especially current management, may facilitate better health care for patients with severe mental illness.

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