This is a qualitative study of hepatitis C treatment experiences and treatment management. The study recruited 20 participants who were either undergoing hepatitis C treatment, or who had completed treatment within the previous six months, for in-depth semi-structured interviews. Six healthcare professionals who managed treatment regimens were also interviewed. The study was conducted in Sydney, Australia during 2004 and 2005, and aimed to explore the impact of treatment on personal relationships, work, socializing, physical and emotional health and wellbeing, one’s sense of self and future outlook, from the perspective of patients and clinic staff. Thematic content analysis highlighted key issues reported by patients and health professionals regarding their treatment experiences and approaches to treatment management. The study highlighted some of the strategies that people in treatment deployed to cope with the side effects associated with the regimen.
Experiences of hepatitis C treatment and its management: What some patients and health professionals say