Last updated on June 2020

Pilot Study on the Feasibility of Systematic Hepatitis C Screening of Hospitalized Patients

Brief description of study

The Ministry of Health has set the target of eradicating hepatitis C (HCV) in France by 2025.

The goal is to validate the feasibility and value of conducting routine HCV screening in hospitalized patients.

Detailed Study Description

The number of undetected HCV-infected persons has been extrapolated to 75,000 according to the results of a 2014 study. Screening efforts have been set up in groups of people said to be at high viral risk: drug users, prisoners, precarious persons or migrants from highly endemic countries. Nevertheless, the concept of universal screening has not yet been adopted by the guardians and the Ministry.

It is in this context that "hepatitis free hospital" projects have been carried out in several French cities such as Nice, Nancy and Marseille.

The aim of the HOSPI-VHC study is to evaluate the feasibility and efficiency of systematic HCV screening in all medical and surgical departments of 4 National Association of Hepato-Gastroenterologists of General Hospitals (ANGH) hospitals. This pilot project is part of a public health screening program. It will evaluate the interest and usefulness of implementing universal screening in hospitalized patients without taking into account the existence of viral risk factors. This study will also make it possible to evaluate the implementation of a dedicated care pathway: number of patients screened, number of patients referred for consultation and number of patients accepting the consultation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT04405024

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