Kerri Barton

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BACKGROUND Reports of acute hepatitis C in young persons in the United States have increased. We examined data from national surveillance and supplemental case follow-up at selected jurisdictions to describe the US epidemiology of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among young persons (aged ≤30 years). METHODS We examined trends in incidence of acute(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections have increased during the past decade but little is known about geographic clustering patterns. METHODS We used a unique analytical approach, combining geographic information systems (GIS), spatial epidemiology, and statistical modeling to identify and characterize HCV hotspots, statistically significant(More)
GOALS To determine postpartum hepatitis B virus (HBV) laboratory testing rates and identify factors associated with a lack of follow-up testing in Massachusetts. BACKGROUND Screening for HBV infection in pregnant women is standard of care. Guidelines recommend that patients with chronic HBV have ongoing care and laboratory testing, but little is known(More)
The potential for pre-admission assessment clinics has been discussed for many years, but only recently have such clinics been developed. This article reviews how one clinic was conceived and developed. The perceived benefits included improved patient care, opportunity for informed choice, reduction in patient cancellation rates and improved utilisation of(More)
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) identified cases of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection reported from 2007 through 2010 to assess evidence of appropriate follow-up testing for the diagnosis of active HCV infection. Surveillance data were used to assess the number of people with reported HCV who had an antibody test and nucleic acid test(More)
BACKGROUND In 2010, the incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the United States was estimated to be 17 000 cases annually, based on 850 acute HCV cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by local public health authorities. Absence of symptomatic disease and lack of a specific laboratory test for acute infection(More)
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