It’s important to be able to communicate with patients effectively and AASLD has created resources to help you do that. See the growing list of tools at your disposal to print and deliver as you need.
COVID-19 Resources for Patients
AASLD created an expert panel to provide clinically useful information for hepatologists, liver transplant care providers, and their patients. The following resources are designed to provide clinicians with clinical guidance and resources to share with patients.
- COVID-19 for Liver Transplant Recipients Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations for Patients with Liver Disease
- COVID-19 and Chronic Liver Disease
Patient Guidelines - Coming Soon!
Patient Guidances are adaptations of published AASLD guidances, which are written specifically for patients to help them understand their liver disease. Clinicians may also provide these patient guidances to their patients as a resource during consultations. Patient-facing summaries of some existing guidelines can be found in AASLD's journal, Clinical Liver Disease.
Liver Health Facts and Tips
- Know Hepatitis and Hepatitis A, B, and C Fact Sheet [PDF]
- Talking to Your Doctor
- Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health
The American Liver Foundation was created to serve as a public education and patient information resource. Visit their website or call 1-800-GO-LIVER (1-800-465-4837) for more liver information and resources.
Patient Resources by Topic
Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide.
Hepatitis B Research Network
The Hepatitis B Research Network brings together clinical centers with expertise in caring for patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
Hepatitis B Online Community
HepBcommunity.org is a global online forum dedicated to supporting those living with and affected by Hepatitis B. It offers a free platform to connect with each other, form support networks, and get advice from verified medical experts and researchers. It is funded and coordinated by the Storr Liver Center, Westmead Hospital Foundation, and Hepatitis B Foundation with support from the World Hepatitis Alliance. (Note: It is not intended to replace doctor and specialist consultations for the medical care or treatment of Hepatitis B)
The liver is critical to a person's well-being. More than 25,000,000 Americans – one in every 10 – are afflicted with liver-related diseases each year. More than 27,000 Americans die each year from chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis.
Lives depend on organ and tissue donations and there is a severe shortage. Thousands of children and adults are waiting for organs every day, and the numbers are increasing. Liver donors are usually persons who have died and whose families have consented to have their organs donated.
Today, a living person can donate a portion of his/her liver to another person. The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself. Liver transplantation, once impossible, is now highly feasible, and there have been dramatic gains in the survival rates of recipients.
For more information on liver donations, contact the following organizations:
Viral Hepatitis in the United States: The Road to Elimination
Leadership from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) presented exciting updates from the Viral Hepatitis National Strategic Plan for the United States at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ (TLMdX) 2020. They highlighted areas of impact and opportunities, discussed how it will be implemented, and facilitated a robust conversation with TLMdX attendees.
The Viral Hepatitis National Strategic Plan for the United States lays out a Roadmap to Hepatitis Elimination for the nation. The plan, grounded in the latest science, guides stakeholders from all sectors in collaborative efforts focused on key strategies to achieve national viral hepatitis elimination goals.
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World Hepatitis Alliance
The World Hepatitis Alliance is a patient-led and patient-driven global organization representing the 320 million people living with viral hepatitis.