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Veterans Affairs Research Supports CDC Recommendation to Screen Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C
Date:11/2/2013

e in their communities.

They concluded that those born between 1945 and 1965 had the highest rate of infection, and the data support the CDC's recommendation to test all baby boomers one time for HCV. According to Lisa Backus, MD, PhD, "Our work should serve as a reminder to all baby boomers to get screened for HCV. Our work should also serve as an example to other healthcare organizations to prompt them to assess their own HCV screening rates and HCV prevalence rates and to make such rates public. Sharing this type of information would give public health officials better information about the prevalence of HCV in the US and would give the general public more information for making healthcare decisions."

In discussing her work at the VA, Dr. Backus says, "We are obviously interested in monitoring the HCV screening and HCV prevalence rates in future years. The VA is implementing several measures to improve HCV screening rates and it will be important to ensure that these measures work and that HCV screening rates increase. In addition, we are always interested in variation and we found variation in screening rates across the VA healthcare system in our analysis. Such variation in HCV screening rates among VA facilities provides an opportunity to study facilities with high screening rates to determine best practices and then apply those practices across the system."

Abstract title:
Hepatitis C Virus Screening and Prevalence among US Veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs Care in 2012

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