Skip to main content

Table 1 Management of Patients with HBV

From: Primary care physicians' approach to diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis B and hepatitis C patients

  Case I Case II
  n % Current Advice n % Current Advice
At this point your next step would be to:       
   Follow in clinic: level of ALT 53 41.1 Yes 19 14.7 No
   Follow in clinic: refer if symptoms develop 43 33.3 Yes - - No
   Refer to a specialist 29 22.5 No 10 7.6 Yes
   Don't know 4 3.1   100 77.5  
Which additional tests would you order (check all that apply)*:       
   HBV-DNA by PCR** 79 61.2 No 62 48.1 Yes
   HBV genotyping 2 1.6 No 16 12.4 No
   Liver biopsy 93 72.1 No 44 34.1 Yes
   Don't know - -   2 1.6  
If you order therapy, which regimen would you recommend:       
   Lamivudine 40 31.0 No 26 20.2 Yes
   IFN-α + Lamivudine 3 2.3 No - - Yes
   Interferon (IFN)-α 11 8.5 No 2 1.6 Yes
   Don't know 75 58.2   101 78.2  
  1. * The sum of the answer is higher than the number of the participants for the participants checked more than one item. ** Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)