Background/introduction Background/introduction: Hepatitis B(HBV) is a sexually transmitted infection commonly diagnosed in GU settings. We routinely test for HBV in high risk patients such as men who have sex with men, sex workers and those from high prevalence areas.
Aim(s)/objectives A retrospective audit was undertaken assessing whether patients diagnosed with HBV are being managed in accordance with BASHH guidance and whether changes made following a previous audit were implemented successfully.
Methods Patients newly diagnosed with HBV over an 18 month period up to 31/8/15 had their records reviewed. Data was collected on demographics, investigations, initial management and follow up.
Results 31 patients were included in the audit and their care compared to the 2008 national auditable standards. Median age was 28(range 16–46). 20 (64.5%) were male and 11 (35.5%) female. 29 (93.5%) identified as heterosexual, 2 (6.5%) as homosexual. 11 (35.5%) were of African descent. Only 6% of patients were provided with written information on HBV transmission and outcomes and 68% had documented partner notification. 95% had liver function tests performed post diagnosis, 97% had clear long term management plans documented and 87% were offered appointments with hepatology(compared to 67% in the previous audit).
Conclusion Clinicians were failing to provide written information about HBV following diagnosis as information leaflets were not available in clinic. 87% of patients received verbal health advice but this still falls short of national standards. A scheme giving cards with QR codes linking to approved patient information is being trialled. Improved referral pathways have resulted in more patients having specialist review.
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