Illness perception about hepatitis C virus infection: a cross-sectional study from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

Shahan Ullah, Salamat Ali, Muhammad Daud, Vibhu Paudyal, Kawsar Hayat, Syed Muhammad Hamid, Tofeeq Ur-rehman

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Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a debilitating chronic health problem and can be fatal if left untreated. Illness perceptions are self-manifested beliefs that influence the ability of individuals to cope with their disease and perceive it as manageable or threatening condition. Limited evidence is available from low resource settings regarding patient perception about HCV. In this study, we aimed to assess the perception of individuals with HCV, the impact of their sociodemographic and clinical characteristics on their HCV perception, and its link to patient-oriented treatment outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number74
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire
  • Hepatitis C
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Perception
  • Pakistan
  • Cross-sectional study

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