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Hepatitis C in the Eastern Regional Health Authority: results of a multiagency consultation event
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|Title: ||Hepatitis C in the Eastern Regional Health Authority: results of a multiagency consultation event|
|Other Titles: ||A report prepared by the Hepatitis C Scientific Advisory Subgroup, Bloodborne Virus Forum, Dublin, Ireland and the Eastern Regional Health Authority, Ireland|
|Publisher: ||Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA)|
|Issue Date: ||Dec-2004 |
|Description: ||Hepatitis C is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and its optimum
care poses a challenge to those involved in the planning and delivery of health and
socia1 care services.
'Open space' is a qualitative m~thodology used to enable a large and diverse group of
people to explore complicated issues in a limited time. Organic and self-organising,
the agenda is set by participants, who subsequently facilitate qualitative discussion at
impromptu workshops, the contents of which are simultaneously documented. The
technique has been used extensively in areas such as social and commercial sectors.
A total of 60 health and social care professionals and service-users attended a one-day
'Open Space event' which examined two related issues: important considerations in
fonnulating a region-wide policy on hepatitis C and optimum approaches to these
considerations. Each issue was discussed during a half-day session. Participants
recorded the proceedings manually and these proceedings were subsequently
reviewed by a team of qualitative researchers. The proceedings were subjected to
thematic analysis and the dominant themes to emerge are presented in this report.
The important issues identified by the event were:
• the role of health promotion
• the role of the media
• enhanced serv ice provision
• the importance of research and its link to policy.
The important actions to address these issues were identified as:
• the role of peer support
• education and training
• the provision of health professionals to coordinate and facilitate liaison and
communication between services
• improving access to services|
|Keywords: ||HEPATITIS C|
|Appears in Collections: ||ERHA Publications|
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