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Projects In Knowledge® Presents Scientific Poster on
HCV Management at Annual GI Meeting

Survey Findings Reveal Gaps in Clinician Competence and
Practice Performance



Livingston, New Jersey –November 5, 2013 –How well do clinicians rate their clinical competence and practice performance in managing patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection? To find out, Projects In Knowledge (PIK) conducted an online survey and presented the results in a scientific poster at a prestigious annual gastroenterology meeting held November 1-5 in Washington, DC. Download a copy of the poster here.


Renowned specialists Ira M. Jacobson, MD, and David R. Nelson, MD, designed the survey questions in collaboration with Patty Peterson, CCMEP, Senior Vice President, and Elaine Rudell, CCMEP, Vice President, Chief Content Officer, and Managing Editor, from PIK. In April 2013 the survey was e-mailed to a proprietary database of more than 6500 hepatologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease specialists, and other clinicians who treat patients with HCV.


The survey asked these clinicians to self-assess whether they were highly, somewhat, or not at all competent on topics such as HCV risk factors/screening, factors affecting response to treatment, triple therapy and its use in difficult-to-treat populations, emerging treatments, and the link between HCV and hepatocellular carcinoma and/or cirrhosis. In addition, the clinicians were asked about the degree to which they perform interventions in their practices, using a four-point scale ranging from always to never.


“Our study concluded that significant gaps in competence and practice performance exist among hepatologists, GIs, and ID specialists who treat HCV infection,” said Ms. Peterson. “The greatest gaps related to understanding current triple-therapy regimens, managing the associated side effects of these agents, and especially in understanding emerging anti-HCV therapies.” Internists, family practice and primary care physicians, nurses/nurse practitioners, and physician assistants—the front-line clinicians who detect HCV infection in the general public—also indicated a lack of competence in assessing HCV risk factors when screening and evaluating patients.


“These reported gaps underscore an important missed opportunity and a critical need for education and improved training in the use of these therapies for all clinicians who treat patients with HCV,” Ms. Rudell noted.


About Projects In Knowledge


Projects In Knowledge is a fully accredited provider of cutting-edge digital and online educational tools for physicians and other clinicians. Since 1980, our mission has been to improve the quality of healthcare in the United States and abroad by delivering exceptional professional education, with demonstrated results, using creative, effective, and easily accessible instructional modalities. Learn more about us and view our CME/CE/CPE programs at www.projectsinknowledge.com.


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Contact:
Patty Peterson, CCMEP
Senior Vice President
Projects In Knowledge
973-200-2523
p.peterson@projectsinknowledge.com