Module 2. Evaluation, Staging, and Monitoring of Chronic Hepatitis C

Module 2 Overview

Editors

Rena K. Fox, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of California at San FranciscoDisclosures
None
David H. Spach, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of WashingtonDisclosures
None

Objectives

Intended Audience and Content Covered: Clinicians who play a substantial role in the long-term management of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, including Primary Care Physicians, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Infectious Diseases Specialists, Gastroenterologists, and Hepatologists. This module emphasizes the initial evaluation of a patient diagnosed with hepatitis C virus infection, understanding the natural history of hepatitis C, assessment for the degree of liver fibrosis, counseling patients on how to prevent further insults to their liver, evaluation of patients with cirrhosis, surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma, and recognition of  HCV-related extrahepatic manifestations. 

Objectives:
(1) Perform an appropriate initial evaluation of patients with chronic hepatitis C infection.
(2) Summarize the natural history of persons with hepatitis C infection.
(3) Provide appropriate counseling to patients for preventing further liver insults.
(4) Evaluate patients for the extent of hepatitis C-related liver fibrosis.  
(5) Distinguish compensated from decompensated cirrhosis.
(6) Conduct hepatocellular carcinoma surveillance when indicated.
(7) Recognize and diagnose hepatitis C-related extrahepatic manifestations.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Alabama School of Medicine and The Seattle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (PTC) at the University of Washington. The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this online enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ per lesson. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ACCREDITATION STATEMENT:
1.0 contact hour will be awarded for each lesson. Completion of all activities within a lesson, the lesson quiz and evaluation are required.
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Lesson Plan

Module 2 Self Assessment

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