- 1University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
Background and objectives: Hepatitis C (HCV) is a commonly diagnosed disease state in primary care. Regimen simplification has made eradication possible with improvements in treatment and improved access through primary care physician (PCP) education. Little has been published discussing the role of resident physicians in the treatment of HCV. We implemented an HCV treatment program to increase access to HCV care, identify effective training methods, and examine the efficacy of resident physician treatment. Objectives were to increase the number of patients treated, improve resident confidence in ability to treat HCV, and increase the likelihood that they will continue to treat patients after graduation.
Methods: A curriculum to train physicians to treat HCV was developed and implemented in a large family medicine residency program. This was a single-center implementation, with a retrospective chart review of patient data and anonymous survey of clinicians for curriculum assessment. We analyzed data using descriptive statistics.
Results: The resident physician survey had a 92.3% response rate (n=36). Precurriculum, 94.4% of residents were not confident in their ability to treat HCV. After program implementation, 25% of residents were confident in treating HCV. The most effective educational interventions involved the multidisciplinary team. To date, 30 patients have started treatment since 2017. Of the patients who completed treatment, 23 patients achieved a virologic cure.
Conclusion: Treating patients for HCV at a residency clinic increased physician confidence in evaluating and addressing this chronic disease and resulted in a cure of all patients treated.