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Evaluation of an integrated care service facility for people living with hepatitis C in New Zealand

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Robyn Horwitz ,

AU
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BA Hons, National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

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Loren Brener,

AU
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PhD, National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

 

 
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Carla Treloar

AU
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PhD, Professor, National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

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Abstract

Introduction: People living with hepatitis C are a highly marginalised population who may not readily access health care.  Existing models of hepatitis C care may not meet the needs of these patients. This research evaluates the experiences of patients attending an innovative hepatitis C clinic that offers integrated care and service delivery. 

Method: Surveys were completed by 120 clients and comprised of questions relating to changes in lifestyle habits since attending the clinic, hepatitis C knowledge, hepatitis C treatment and experiences with health care staff at the clinic. 

Results: The majority of respondents indicated that attendance at the clinic has provided them with the information to better manage their hepatitis C and had given them confidence to make lifestyle changes.  Participants demonstrated a very high knowledge of hepatitis C and reported experiencing a less discriminatory environment at the clinic compared to other health care settings.  Respondents who had been attending the clinic for more than 6 months were significantly more likely to indicate a desire to commence hepatitis C treatment over the next 5 years.

Discussion: The findings point to the importance of integrated care in the community setting in providing clients with a positive experience of health care, which appears to increase their skills and desire to better manage their hepatitis C.

 

How to Cite: Horwitz R, Brener L, Treloar C. Evaluation of an integrated care service facility for people living with hepatitis C in New Zealand. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2012;12(6):None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.819
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Published on 11 Dec 2012.
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