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Hepatitis C Screening Rate Among Underserved Adults with Serious Mental Illness Receiving Care in California Community Mental Health Centers

Trager, E.; Khalili, M.; Masson, C.L.; Vittinghoff, E.; Creasman, J.; Mangurian, C.

American Journal of Public Health 106(4): 740-742


ISSN/ISBN: 1541-0048
PMID: 26890183
DOI: 10.2105/ajph.2016.303059
Accession: 057981192

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Although HCV is more prevalent among people with severe mental illness (SMI; e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) than in the general population (17% vs 1%), no large previous studies have examined HCV screening in this population. In this cross-sectional study, we examined administrative data for 57 170 California Medicaid enrollees with SMI to identify prevalence and predictors of HCV screening from October 2010 through September 2011. Only 4.7% (2674 of 57 170) received HCV screening, with strongest predictors being nonpsychiatric health care utilization and comorbid substance abuse.

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