Project Background

The goal of this national project, begun in 2011 is to explore why people with HCV and HCV/HIV co-infection do not seek, delay or defer HCV services and take action based on the evidence to improve patient engagement and attendance for care.

The specific aim is to reduce HCV knowledge gaps among patients and primary care and social support providers; improve patient self-care management; and increase engagement and retention in care to improve the health of vulnerable Canadians.

Knowledge gaps are addressed, in part, through the development of hepatitis C-related resources. A critical component of resource development are the ongoing valuable contributions from individuals affected by hepatitis C and service providers across Canada.

The project receives support from the University of British Columbia and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.