More than 3 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis C (HCV), and three in four don’t know they are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends screening all baby boomers – people born between 1945 and 1965 – for HCV. In addition, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently upgraded to B its recommendation for hepatitis B (HBV) screening of persons at high risk of infection.
Primary care physicians are on the front lines of implementing screening recommendations. AASLD developed ACT-First — AASLD Curriculum and Training — for these first-line providers. A free, online CME course, ACT-First will help improve providers’ knowledge and clinical skills in hepatology. Physicians will learn which patients to screen for liver diseases, how to screen, what to do in the patient with positive serologies, what to tell the patient, and how to decide who is a candidate for therapy.
Two units — on HCV and HBV — are available now, with additional units on other liver diseases to be released soon. Each teaching unit includes seven to eight short (20-minute) presentations addressing every aspect of the disease state.
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- Module 1: HCV: Epidemiology and Screening
- Module 2: Patient with New Diagnosis of HCV (anti-HCV positive)
- Module 3. Assessing Severity of Liver Disease in HCV
- Module 4: Management of the Patient with Chronic HCV
- Module 5. Management of the Chronic HCV Patient with Co-Morbid and Other Conditions
- Module 6. Antiviral Treatment of the Patient with HCV Infection
- Module 7. Management of Patients with HCV who have achieved a Virological "Cure"
- Module 8. The Pediatric Patient with HCV
- Module 1: HBV: Epidemiology and Screening
- Module 2: Patient with Positive Hepatitis B Serologies
- Module 3. Natural History of HBV and Identification of Treatment Candidates
- Module 4. Management of the Chronic HBV Patient with Co-Morbid and Other Conditions
- Module 5: Antiviral treatment of the Patient with Chronic HBV
- Module 6: Prevention of HBV Infection
- Module 7: Hepatitis B in the Pediatric Patient
Components of this course were developed through relationships with American College of Physicians (ACP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).
Watch Dr. Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao discuss AASLD's new initiative, ACT-First.