Publications & Reports

Managing chronic hepatitis B - the role of the GP.

Jack Wallace, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Jacqueline Richmond, Stephen McNally, Marian Pitts
La Trobe University, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Melbourne, Victoria. [email protected]


BACKGROUND: General practitioners are critical to reducing the impact of chronic hepatitis B in the community. This study explored how GPs understand their role in chronic hepatitis B management. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were held with 26 GPs from five Australian jurisdictions. RESULTS: The principal roles identified by GPs in chronic hepatitis B management were diagnosis, monitoring and mediating between patient and specialist. General practitioners saw themselves as essential in managing chronic hepatitis B with their frequent interaction with patients, physical access and established trusting therapeutic relationships. They supported an active role in the delivery of chronic hepatitis B pharmaceutical treatment through shared care arrangements. DISCUSSION: An optimal public health response to chronic hepatitis B requires a clear definition of the role of the GP. Most GPs believed their role could be more substantive and include management and treatment beyond that of diagnosis and monitoring.


  • Journal: Australian Family Physician
  • Published: 01/11/2012
  • Volume: 41
  • Issue: 11
  • Pagination: 893-898