Psychiatrists' knowledge and practices in screening and assessment of Hepatitis C for inpatients with severe mental illness
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess psychiatrists' Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related knowledge and behaviour practices. METHOD: A self-report survey was completed by doctors working at an urban psychiatric hospital in Australia. RESULTS: Doctors working in psychiatry underestimated the prevalence of HCV infection for their patients and less than one-third felt well informed about HCV. Overall, there was good knowledge regarding HCV acquisition epidemiology but knowledge of management was poor. CONCLUSION: Improving knowledge about HCV, especially current management, may facilitate better health care for patients with severe mental illness.