Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Use Among Patients with Hepatitis C: A Systematic Review

Soc Work Public Health. 2016 Oct;31(6):565-73. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2016.1160346. Epub 2016 Jun 13.


Alcohol use is a barrier to pharmacologic treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is advantageous for medical and clinical social workers engaged in HCV care to be knowledgeable of behavioral interventions that can be used to reduce alcohol use among patients with HCV. This article identifies and describes studies that designed and implemented behavioral interventions to reduce alcohol use among patients with HCV in clinical settings. To achieve this goal, this article conducts a rigorous systematic review to identify peer-reviewed articles, describes each behavioral intervention, and reports primary outcomes of each study included in the review.

Keywords: Hepatitis C; liver disease; medical and clinical social workers; treatment.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Female
  • Hepacivirus / isolation & purification
  • Hepatitis C*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Social Work