|Abstract||The guideline provides evidence based recommendations covering all stages of the patient care pathway; screening, testing, diagnosis, referral, treatment, care and follow up of infants, children and adults with, or exposed to, HCV infection. The remit encompasses prevention of secondary transmission of the virus but specifically excludes primary prevention of HCV infection. Primary prevention of hepatitis C infection is an important public health concern but is a difficult topic for an evidence based guideline to cover. The principles and evidence for the prevention of all blood borne viruses are generic and reviewing all of this evidence would have been beyond the capacity of any guideline development group, whilst reviewing the HCV evidence alone would have produced a distorted view. |
This guideline will be of interest to all health professionals in primary and secondary care
involved in the management of people with hepatitis C infection.