Increasing the uptake of hepatitis C virus testing among injecting drug users in specialist drug treatment and prison settings by using dried blood spots for diagnostic testing: a cluster randomized controlled trial.

@article{Hickman2008IncreasingTU,
  title={Increasing the uptake of hepatitis C virus testing among injecting drug users in specialist drug treatment and prison settings by using dried blood spots for diagnostic testing: a cluster randomized controlled trial.},
  author={Matthew Hickman and Tony McDonald and Ali Judd and Tom Nichols and V Hope and S Chad Skidmore and J. Parry},
  journal={Journal of viral hepatitis},
  year={2008},
  volume={15 4},
  pages={250-4}
}
The objective of this study was to assess whether introducing dried blood spot testing can increase hepatitis C virus (HCV) diagnostic testing. A cluster randomized controlled trial was conducted. Sites were matched into pairs, with one site in each pair randomly allocated to receive the intervention (training and use of dried blood spot). Data were collected from all sites for 6 months before and 6 months after the start of the intervention. The participants were 22 specialist drug clinics and… CONTINUE READING