Can Dried Blood Spot Testing for Hepatitis C in Community Pharmacy Increase Uptake? Interim Reporting of a Quasi-Experimental Study

Author: Radley A, Tait J, Stephens B, Dillon J, NHS Tayside, University of Dundee

Theme: Epidemiology & Public Health Research Year: 2015



< 1,339 patients were prescribed ORT in Dundee: 561 had no record of testing for HCV. During the test period, 43 of 143 eligible patients from the 6 community pharmacies accepted a DBST. Within the 561 eligible patients taking ORT across the whole of Dundee City, a total of 75 patients were tested for HCV (30% Vs 13%). The OR for increased uptake of testing within the 6 pharmacies was 3.93 (95% CI 2.39 to 6.45, Z statistic = 5.41 p= Conclusion:

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