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Telehealth as an Important Player in the Management of Hepatitis C Virus

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Department of Medicine, The Aga Khan University, Stadium Road, P.O. Box 3500, Karachi 74800, Pakistan
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School of Nursing and Midwifery, The Aga Khan University, Stadium Road, P.O. Box 3500, Karachi 74800, Pakistan
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Department of Community Health Sciences, The Aga Khan University, Stadium Road, P.O. Box 3500, Karachi 74800, Pakistan
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Gastroenterol. Insights 2021, 12(2), 183-195; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/gastroent12020016
Received: 1 March 2021 / Revised: 24 March 2021 / Accepted: 1 April 2021 / Published: 3 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Liver)
Background: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a global public health issue that can cause both acute and chronic liver diseases. There is a high risk of HCV burden, but limited access and cost remain a challenge for proper diagnosis and treatment. Leveraging eHealth technology may indicate a viable solution for the management of HCV patients. Objective: To review the literature regarding the role of eHealth, including telemedicine, in the management of HCV. Methods: Databases including PubMed, Google Scholar, Medline, Web of Science, and Science Direct were searched from 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2020 to identify different types of eHealth interventions used for the management of adult HCV patients. Our search also determined the role of telehealth for HCV patients in the current pandemic. Results: Four main categories emerged from this scoping review that includes improving treatment rates via utilizing telehealth services, satisfaction with the telehealth services, disease management, health promotion, and similarity between telehealth and traditional modalities. Conclusion: Current evidence suggests that telemedicine is a cost-effective and unique platform to improve patients’ access to quality services that curb the increasing burden of this silent killer in developing countries. This modality can certainly be utilized in the current crisis to manage care for HCV patients efficiently. View Full-Text
Keywords: hepatitis C virus (HCV); telehealth; telemedicine hepatitis C virus (HCV); telehealth; telemedicine
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Khoja, A.; Ali, N.A.; Feroz, A. Telehealth as an Important Player in the Management of Hepatitis C Virus. Gastroenterol. Insights 2021, 12, 183-195. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/gastroent12020016

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Khoja A, Ali NA, Feroz A. Telehealth as an Important Player in the Management of Hepatitis C Virus. Gastroenterology Insights. 2021; 12(2):183-195. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/gastroent12020016

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Khoja, Adeel, Naureen A. Ali, and Anam Feroz. 2021. "Telehealth as an Important Player in the Management of Hepatitis C Virus" Gastroenterology Insights 12, no. 2: 183-195. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/gastroent12020016

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