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Am J Public Health. 2016 Feb;106(2):353-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302927. Epub 2015 Nov 12.

Cascade of Care for Hepatitis C Virus Infection Within the US Veterans Health Administration.

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Marissa M. Maier is with the VA Portland Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Portland, OR, and the Office of Public Health/HIV, Hepatitis, and Public Health Pathogens Programs, VHA, Washington, DC. David B. Ross is with the VA Washington DC Health Care System, and the Office of Public Health/HIV, Hepatitis, and Public Health Pathogens Programs, VHA, Washington, DC. Maggie Chartier is with the VA San Francisco Health Care System, VHA, San Francisco, CA, and the Office of Public Health/HIV, Hepatitis, and Public Health Pathogens Programs, VHA, Washington, DC. Pamela S. Belperio is with the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, VHA, Los Angeles, CA, and the Office of Public Health/Population Health, VHA, Washington, DC. Lisa I. Backus is with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, VHA, Palo Alto, CA, and the Office of Public Health/Population Health, VHA, Washington, DC.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We measured the quality of HCV care using a cascade of HCV care model.

METHODS:

We estimated the number of patients diagnosed with chronic HCV, linked to HCV care, treated with HCV antivirals, and having achieved a sustained virologic response (SVR) in the electronic medical record data from the Veterans Health Administration's Corporate Data Warehouse and the HCV Clinical Case Registry in 2013.

RESULTS:

Of the estimated 233,898 patients with chronic HCV, 77% (181,168) were diagnosed, 69% (160,794) were linked to HCV care, 17% (39,388) were treated with HCV antivirals, and 7% (15,983) had achieved SVR.

CONCLUSIONS:

This Cascade of HCV Care provides a clinically relevant model to measure the quality of HCV care within a health care system and to compare HCV care across health systems.

PMID:
26562129
PMCID:
PMC4815568
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2015.302927
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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