A series of in-depth interviews with health professionals suggest
that an integrated care model for hepatitis C management is able to
attract and engage stigmatized patients who may be reluctant to seek
treatment, researchers reported.
provision has been promoted as more able to flexibly and responsively
meet the needs of people with chronic conditions, compared to fragmented
services,” Carla Treloar, PhD, of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and colleagues wrote in the Journal of Primary Health Care.
In 2008, the Hepatitis C Community Clinic was established in
Christchurch, New Zealand. The 3-year pilot project incorporated primary
care with drug treatment and HCV services. The clinic was staffed by a
nurse, a social worker, a general practitioner and a receptionist. Its
aim was to coordinate with patients’ general practitioners and help
patients register with a general practitioner if they had not already.
Located nearby was a needle exchange program to facilitate referral.