AIM: Assess the hepatitis C knowledge base of medical faculty, house staff and medical students at a tertiary care referral center. METHODS: A multiple choice test was administered to gastroenterology and medicine faculty, gastroenterology and medical subspecialty fellows, internal medicine residents, and students. The test consisted of 12 best-answer type questions which were equally distributed in the four areas of: general knowledge, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of hepatitis C. RESULTS: A higher level of training enhanced the number of correct answers in the areas of general knowledge (p <0.001), treatment (p < 0.001), and diagnosis (p < .05), but it had no statistically significant effect in epidemiology (p = 0.09). CONCLUSIONS: A gradient of knowledge, reflecting the level of training, exists regarding hepatitis C infection at this facility. Such a test could be used to assess particular deficiencies, guide subsequent educational efforts and implement clinical guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Wisconsin Medical Journal|
|State||Published - Feb 1998|
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