- Design and field-test pilot screening programmes in Spain, England, Scotland and Hungary using systematic, opportunistic and outreach approaches for case detection of chronic hepatitis B and C and targeting different migrant groups.
- Collect the data necessary to assess the cost-effectiveness of the screening pilots in the four pilot sites, for input into the cost-effectiveness assessment tool to be developed by ECDC.
Description of the work:
In this work package a number of pilot studies will be conducted to analyse different approaches for case detection of individuals within the target populations who would benefit from hepatitis B or C treatment or from hepatitis B vaccination. Input for this work package will come from WP 4 and 5, while the results from the pilot studies will serve as input for the integration work package 7.
The 1-year pilot studies will be held at 4 different sites. In the preparatory phase the minimum standards of good medical practices regarding issues like privacy and confidentiality, pre- and post test counselling, contact tracing, referral and follow up of treatment will be agreed upon among the pilot sites. These issues will be addressed in the training of the health professionals involved in the screening pilots. Which data will be collected on reasons for refusal of screening, demographics and other characteristics of participants, participation rates, outcomes, evaluation of the screening process, etc., will be decided in the preparatory phase of the pilots.
In each of the pilot sites, data necessary to assess the cost-effectiveness and to evaluate the findings of the screening pilots will be collected through a centralised protocol. This part of the project is linked to a separate project by ECDC.