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Clinical Review of the Impacts of Hepatitis C: Short Life Working Group Report

Clinical Review of the Impacts of Hepatitis C: Short Life Working Group Report

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

ISBN: 9781787810860

An independent clinical review, which assesses the impacts of chronic hepatitis C infection on the health and wellbeing of individuals

Executive Summary

The clinical review group, led by Professor David Goldberg of Health Protection Scotland, considered both international evidence on the physical and mental health impacts of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) and data about and interviews with beneficiaries of the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme (SIBSS).

The review found evidence that chronic HCV has a negative impact on the mental health of those affected and recommends that SIBSS beneficiaries should qualify for an annual payment in future based on their own self-assessment of the impact of their HCV on their life. It found limited evidence of physical health impacts of chronic HCV, although did find evidence that those with chronic HCV are at increased risk of renal disease due to Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis (MPGN) and therefore recommends that any SIBSS beneficiaries affected by this should in future qualify for advanced HCV payments.