Helen E Harris

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OBJECTIVE To determine the clinical course of hepatitis C virus in the first decade of infection in a group of patients who acquired their infections on a known date. DESIGN Cohort study. SETTING Clinical centres throughout the United Kingdom. PARTICIPANTS 924 transfusion recipients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) traced during the HCV(More)
Whether differences in the natural history of hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be explained by differences in the infecting HCV type is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the HCV type might influence the clinical outcome of infection. Study serum samples were assembled from 749 individuals enrolled into the UK HCV National Register from(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Hepatitis C (HCV) related disease in England is predicted to rise, and it is unclear whether treatment at current levels will be able to avert this. The aim of this study was to estimate the number of people with chronic HCV infection in England that are treated and assess the impact and costs of increasing treatment uptake. METHODS(More)
The Hepatitis C Strategy and Action Plan for England recommend that all individuals testing positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) should be referred to a specialist centre for assessment and care. One key aim is to reduce the number of people progressing to liver disease and therefore reduce the associated costs. The aims of this paper are to describe the(More)
The aim of this paper is to describe the development of a national hepatitis C register and the completeness of the data it contains. This is a descriptive report of the structure and function of the register, including case definitions, registration and follow-up procedures, and methods used to maximize data quality and to obtain comparative data sources.(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate hepatitis C virus (HCV) progression rates between disease stages prior to cirrhosis, using data from liver biopsies in three observational cohorts. To demonstrate how the method of cohort recruitment can influence the estimation of HCV-progression rates. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Data came from three United Kingdom observational(More)
The aim of this study was to describe the natural history of HCV after 16 years of infection, in a cohort of individuals who acquired their infections on a known date in the United Kingdom. A total of 924 HCV-infected transfusion recipients (cases) and 475 anti-HCV negative transfusion recipients (controls) were eligible for inclusion in the study. Survival(More)
Despite the introduction of blood donor screening, worldwide, children continue to become infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) via un-sterile medical injections, receipt of unscreened blood and isolated hospital contamination outbreaks. It is plausible that the natural history and disease progression in these children might differ from that of their(More)
The objectives of surveillance for vaccine preventable disease vary with the stage of the vaccination programme. Pre-implementation data is required to estimate the burden of disease and to decide on the appropriate vaccination strategy. Post-implementation data is required to monitor effectiveness but when high coverage is achieved surveillance must be(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related liver disease in a national cohort of patients who acquired their infections in childhood or adolescence and to assess risk factors for progressive disease and response to antiviral therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Demographic, laboratory, and clinical outcome data on 246 individuals who acquired HCV(More)