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A review of successful screening projects

This in-depth review analysed five successful community outreach screening models that have been published in scientific literature. The aim was to draw out common features to all five campaigns to enable others to replicate good practices and to design and implement successful screening programmes. This in-depth review analysed the demographic and epidemiological characteristics of the populations reached as well as identifying the following features as key factors for success:

  1. Community Involvement
  2. Creating Awareness
  3. Location of Testing and Follow-up
  4. Language support
  5. A lack of health insurance coverage
  6. Stigma
  7. Community Availability of Follow-up and Care

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A systematic review on hepatitis C screening studies was published in BMC Public Health in 2014. The review identified 67 studies reporting on screening of individuals in the general population, including screening in primary care facilities that are not related to specific HCV risk groups. The authors conclude that “Relatively high HCV prevalences were found in programs that used a prescreening selection based on a HCV risk profile or migrant status, in programs that were carried out in intermediate to high HCV-prevalence countries or regions, and in programs in psychiatric clinics. In general, low HCV prevalences were found in programs that targeted health care workers and pregnant women. The reported use of motivational communication based on theory and/or determinants facilitating screening, and tools to increase HCV screening uptake were virtually absent.”

Read the review here:  http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/66 (Open Access Publication)