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Table 6 Health professionals’ opinion on the existence of barriers as explanations of why hepatitis B/C cases do not reach specialized health care (e.g. hepatologists) for further investigation and treatment. Results are presented by country

From: Identification of hepatitis B and C screening and patient management guidelines and availability of training for chronic viral hepatitis among health professionals in six European countries: results of a semi-quantitative survey

  UK (n = 47) DE (n = 64) NL (n = 55) HU (n = 21) IT (n = 58) ES (n = 23)
There is limited guidance available to primary health care professionals about onward referral, counselling and patient management of hepatitis B/C patients. Strongly disagree 11 % 8 % 2 % 33 % 7 % 17 %
Disagree 32 % 31 % 58 % 29 % 34 % 39 %
Neither agree or disagree 30 % 38 % 18 % 33 % 16 % 13 %
Agree 21 % 20 % 18 % 5 % 40 % 30 %
Strongly agree 6 % 3 % 4 % 0 % 3 % 0 %
Although training on viral hepatitis management is available for health care providers, uptake is generally low among professionals. Strongly disagree 2 % 8 % 2 % 29 % 3 % 13 %
Disagree 23 % 31 % 9 % 24 % 21 % 43 %
Neither agree or disagree 36 % 45 % 56 % 33 % 22 % 35 %
Agree 34 % 16 % 31 % 10 % 52 % 9 %
Strongly Agree 4 % 0 % 2 % 5 % 2 % 0 %