Peer-to-Peer Sessions in Primary Care to Improve the Hepatitis B Detection Rate in Seville, Spain

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Elsevier espana
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Introduction and aim. The detection of hepatitis B virus (HBV) depends on primary care center activity. The present study aims to investigate the impact of peer-to-peer sessions with hepatologists on hepatitis B screening efficacy in primary care centers. Material and methods. Peer-to-peer one-hour sessions were scheduled to improve the screening program for HBV in Seville, Spain. The sessions were focused on who should be tested for HBV and how positive cases should be referred. Fourteen out of 26 health care centers were selected to participate in peer-to-peer sessions. The centers were classified according to how many sessions they held (no sessions, one session or more than one session). Results. Over a five-year period, HBV screening was performed in 32 203 people. In Seville, the prevalence of HBsAg was 0.87% (283/32 203). The detection rates for new HBsAg-positive cases were 7.1, 16.9 and 21.3 cases/10(5) population/year in non-session, one-time session and more than one session centers, respectively (p
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Hepatitis B virus, Referral rate, Surface-antigen, Identification, Education, Campaign, Linkage, Impact