89366 - Managing the rising burden of chronic liver disease: chronic hepatitis B and C. Feb 2017.
- : Online
Online learning module with an original peer-reviewed update to guide GPs on recognising and diagnosing patients with chronic hepatitis B or C in primary care, assessing the severity of liver disease using clinical and noninvasive markers, recognising the need to manage comorbidities in patients with chronic liver disease and appropriately refer ring patients who require specialist assessment and management.Relevance to General Practice
- Chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C represent about 8% of all cases of chronic liver disease in Australia.
- Importantly, viral hepatitis is a common cause of cirrhosis and liver failure, and accounts for 70 to 80% of all cases of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
- Screening at-risk populations for hepatitis B virus and/ or hepatitis C virus will identify patients who require further management to prevent disease progression.
- Collaboration between community and specialist services is key to managing the increasing burden of chronic liver disease.
- GPs now have availability to prescribe newer medicines for viral hepatitis.