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Table 2 Management of Patients with HCV

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

  Case III Case IV
  n % Current Advice n % Current Advice
At this point your next step would be to:       
   Repeat the measurement of anti-HCV 16 12.4 No 49 38 No
   Follow in clinic: refer if symptoms develop 5 3.9 No 30 23.2 Yes
   Refer to a specialist 108 83.7 Yes 50 38.8 Yes
   Don't know - -   - -  
Which additional tests would you order (check all that apply)*:       
   anti-HCV ELISA 52 40.3 No 50 38.8 No
   anti-HCV RIBA 2 1.6 Yes 4 3.1 Yes
   HCV-RNA by PCR 105 81.4 Yes 106 82.2 Yes
   HCV genotyping 3 2.3 No 9 7.0 No
If you order therapy, which regimen would you recommend:       
   IFN-α for 6 months 23 17.8 No 20 15.5 No
   IFN-α for 12 months 4 3.1 No 4 3.1 No
   Ribavirin alone - - No - - No
   IFN-α and Ribavirin 23 17.8 Yes 24 18.6 No
   Don't know 79 61.3   81 62.8  
  1. * The sum of the answer is higher than the number of the participants for the participants checked more than one item.