January 6, 2017
People considering hepatitis C treatment want information on the potential harms and benefits of treatment, details of treatment regimens and basic information on hepatitis C-related liver disease, reported U.S. researchers in The Patient.
Limited research exists about the topics that people consider most important when making decisions about hepatitis C treatment.
The study involved two groups. The first group (45 people) listed all the information topics they thought would be important to reach a decision about treatment. The second group (57 people) ranked the importance of the topics identified by the first group.
The information needs identified by the first group included:
The second group rated almost all of the topics (16/17) identified by the first group as "pretty important or extremely important" for making treatment decisions.
The most highly ranked topics, included:
"The findings from this study demonstrate that patients with hepatitis C wish to consider a plethora of information to assist them to make informed decisions about their hepatitis C treatment options," stated the researchers. (infohep.org, January 2017)
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