Module 7: Managing side effects and optimising treatment strategies - section 2

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Treatment management strategies

Activity: Small group work, large group feedback
Section Time: Approximately 35 minutes

The purpose of this section is to allow participants to consider how side effects of treatment can impact on quality of life and adversely affect treatment outcomes. Participants will explore what management strategies are required to optimise all aspects of hepatitis C treatment.

Using Slide 7.6 (Treatment management strategies), briefly introduce the concept of the multi disciplinary approach to patient care and how an integrated approach is considered essential to provide optimal treatment:


The next activity is designed to get participants, in small groups, to consider the range of strategies and integrated service responses that can be used to optimise all aspects of treatment.

For this activity convene small groups and equip them with flipchart paper and a selection of marker pens. The purpose of the activity is to task each group to create, or ‘map’, an idealised healthcare team - show Slide 7.7 (Group work) - and feedback a description of ‘their’ team to the large group:


Allow 20 minutes for group work and allow 10 minutes for feedback. Ask each group to outline the benefits of their team. If needed, facilitate discussion to ensure that response to a full range of practical, health and social care needs are identified including:

  • Social support
  • Patient/peer support groups
  • Comprehensive health care
  • Housing
  • Drug treatment including OST
  • Mental health
  • HAV and HBV vaccination
  • Carer, family and relationship support
  • Access to NSP and best practice advice
  • Outreach services
  • Financial advice
  • Alternative therapies
  • Legal advice
Supporting content:

‘Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C’ the Committee on the Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis Infections Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice (2010) identifies five core functions for comprehensive viral hepatitis services that provide a template for local service development:

  • Community outreach
  • Prevention
  • Identification of infected persons
  • Social and peer support (stimulation of self-help groups)
  • Medical management

The development and delivery of comprehensive, integrated treatment and care responses should pay on-going attention to the needs of PWID and PWLHCV to ensure that all services are fully accessible, financially and geographically, and culturally appropriate and confidential.

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