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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis C is often described as “acute,” meaning a new infection or “chronic,” meaning lifelong infection. The virus is most commonly spread through sharing needles syringes, or other equipment used to inject drugs; accidental needle-sticks in healthcare settings; and being born to a mother who is already infected.  VA research into hepatitis C addresses prevention, treatment, and managing quality of life.

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(5 of more than 397 HEPATITIS C focused publications)

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(5 of more than 17 HEPATITIS C focused publication briefs)

  • VA Successfully Implements Interferon-free Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus in Previously Undertreated Patient Populations
    This study examined the adoption of interferon-free treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in VA to learn who received this therapy and whether the limitations of interferon-containing treatments have been overcome, including low rates of use among VA healthcare users who are African American or Hispanic, and among those with HCV-HIV co-infection. Findings showed that with the advent of interferon-...
    Date: March 7, 2018
  • HCV-Related Complications Increasing among Women Veterans
    This study examined gender-related differences in the incidence and prevalence of cirrhosis, decompensated cirrhosis, and hepatocellular cancer (HCC) between 2000 and 2013. Findings showed that the incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) complications was higher in men than in women. However, the rate of increase in the incidence rates of cirrhosis and decompensated cirrhosis among HCV...
    Date: November 1, 2017
  • Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents Reduce Risk of Hepatocellular Cancer among Veterans with Hepatitis C
    This study examined the risk of hepatocellular cancer (HCC) following sustained virological response (SVR) among 22,500 Veterans with hepatitis C virus (HCV) who received directing-acting antivirals (DAA) treatment at any of 129 VA hospitals between January and December 2015. Findings showed that in Veterans treated with DAAs, SVR was associated with a 76% reduction in the risk of developing hepat...
    Date: October 1, 2017
  • VA Hepatitis C Care and Experiences with the Choice Program
    This study examined perspectives and experiences with the VA Choice Program among Veterans with HCV and their providers at three VAMCs in the New England region. Findings showed that the Choice Program has the potential to increase Veterans’ access to hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment, but Veterans and VA providers described substantial problems in the initial years of the program. Four main theme...
    Date: March 3, 2017
  • Engagement in Hepatitis C Virus Care among Homeless and non-Homeless VA Patients
    This study sought to describe engagement in hepatitis C virus (HCV) care among homeless and non-homeless Veterans in the new era of HCV treatment, which includes direct-acting agents (DAAs) with shorter treatment durations, fewer side effects, and higher sustained virologic response (SVR) rates than the older treatment regimens. Findings showed that VA providers do a better job of testing for and ...
    Date: March 1, 2017

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( 5 of more than 27 HEPATITIS C focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 16-024 Advanced Prediction Models to Optimize Treatment and Access for Veterans with Hepatitis C Waljee, Akbar 2017-04-01
IIR 14-322 Quality of Care for Hepatitis C in Veterans Who Are Homeless McInnes, Donald 2016-07-01
IIR 13-059 Care for Women Veterans with Hepatitis C Virus Infection Kanwal, Fasiha 2014-03-01
CRE 12-009 Web-based Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Use in Veterans with Hepatitis C Humphreys, Keith 2014-01-01
IIR 12-059 Cost-effective Uses of New Hepatitis C Treatments and their VA Budgetary Impact Owens, Douglas 2013-06-01

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Date Title Presenter(s)
7/31/2019 Measuring Implementation Strategies to Inform Hepatitis C Quality Improvement: Lessons from the Field Gonzalez, Rachel  
Park, Angela  
Yakovchenko, Vera  
Rogal, Shari  
2/1/2018 Implementation Strategies and the Uptake of Hepatitis C Treatment in VA Rogal, Shari  
2/25/2016 Focus on Health Equity and Action: Treatment of HCV- ALD Among VHA Vulnerable Populations Julie, Lynch  
Uchendu, Uchenna  
DuVall, Scott  
11/19/2015 Focus on Equity and Action—Office of Health Equity Hepatitis C Virus-Advanced Liver Disease Disparities Dashboard Uchendu, Uchenna  
Jones, Kenneth  
10/9/2012 Hepatitis C Self-Management Program Weingart, Kimberly  
Groessl, Erik  

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