"It's a big part of our lives": A qualitative study defining quality of hepatitis C care from the patient's perspective

Gastroenterol Nurs. 2013 Jul-Aug;36(4):249-57. doi: 10.1097/SGA.0b013e31829f3f9e.


Nurses play a key role in the ongoing treatment and management of chronic conditions such as Hepatitis C. Their skills in counseling, education, and as liaisons between patients, support services, and other healthcare providers make them crucial in the management of patients with Hepatitis C. Qualitative methods were used to explore and describe quality-of-care perspectives of patients receiving care in viral hepatitis clinics. Data were collected through focus group interviews at three hepatitis prevention and care demonstration projects located in underserved rural and small urban areas in British Columbia, Canada. Key themes were identified and used to construct a "Hepatitis C care model" and generate quality-of-care statements. These statements were then rated by another group of participants with Hepatitis C, using concept mapping. Most themes identified by the participants in focus groups (n = 21) related to care provision processes (autonomy, communication, education/information, continuity of care, professional competence, and support) rather than structure or outcomes of care. Concept-mapping participants (n = 20) rated communication as the key theme. Participants also highlighted the supportive role nurses played. Hepatitis C programming can be improved by leveraging nurses' strengths within multidisciplinary teams to address patient's concerns about process and communication issues.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • Clinical Competence
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic / diagnosis
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic / nursing*
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic / psychology*
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Professional Competence
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Rural Population
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sickness Impact Profile*
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Population
  • Young Adult