The rate of hepatitis C virus antibody (HCV-Ab) testing is low among baby boomers, although the use of an electronic medical record-driven best practice alert (BPA) can significantly improve screening rates, according to results published in the Journal of Translational Internal Medicine.
The results indicated that patients who were screened for HCV-Ab tended to already have known risk factors or established liver disease. They also suggested that guidelines-based, birth cohort-based HCV testing is suboptimal.
The study included participants in a group of insured birth cohort patients between 2010 and 2015. The researchers assessed HCV-Ab test results, clinical variables, and demographic variables from the electronic medical record and used logistic regression to analyze factors associated with testing.