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Sources and Accuracy of Information for Patients with Hepatitis C

E. Whitney Pollio1,*, Omar T. Sims2,3,4,5, Edward Randle6, Barry A. Hong7, Carol S. North8,9, David E. Pollio10

1College of Nursing, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.

2Department of Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA. 

3Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.

4Center for AIDS Research, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.

5Integrative Center for Healthy Aging, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.

6Department of Social Work, College of Health Sciences and Human Services, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, USA.

7Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA.

8The Altshuler Center for Education & Research Metrocare Services, Metrocare Services, Dallas, TX, USA.

9Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA.

10Private Practice, Huntsville, AL, USA.

*Corresponding author: E. Whitney Pollio

Published: February 6,2023


Favorable outcomes for patients with HCV depend on patients receiving accurate information about HCV and treatments. Effective patient communication consists of providers transmitting clear information and patients receiving and interpreting information accurately. Most patient communication research has focused on the former. The purpose of this study is to identify sources of patient information about HCV and treatment and examine accuracy. Data from 9 focus groups (N=48) were collected from patients recruited from large metropolitan public clinics and hospitals. Passages related to HCV (n=43) and treatment (n=50) were identified and coded by source and accuracy. Most (63%) information on HCV came from healthcare providers. In contrast, only 28% of treatment information came from providers. Accuracy of information received was 71%-89%. It is concerning that a substantial minority of disease process information and a majority of treatment information came from non-providers. It is also problematic that about ¼ of information was inaccurate. Focusing on communications from providers to clients to improve disease outcomes is overly simplistic.


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How to cite this paper

Sources and Accuracy of Information for Patients with Hepatitis C

How to cite this paper: E. Whitney Pollio, Omar T. Sims, Edward Randle, Barry A. Hong, Carol S. North, David E. Pollio. (2023) Sources and Accuracy of Information for Patients with Hepatitis C. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine Research7(1), 56-60.