The hepatitis C virus in Iran: Health policy, historical, ethical issues and future challenges

Behzadifar, M. and Azari, S. and Gorji, H.A. and Martini, M. and Bragazzi, N.L. (2020) The hepatitis C virus in Iran: Health policy, historical, ethical issues and future challenges. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, 61 (1). E109-E118.


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Background. Hepatitis C infection (HCV) can have a harmful effect on the health of people and can impose relevant healthcare costs. The World Health Organization has identified the elimination of Hepatitis C by 2030 as an important goal for all countries. This study aimed to identify the HCV-related policies in Iran. Methods. A qualitative approach was used for this study. Data was collected through a comprehensive search of documents and interviews with different stakeholders related to the HCV program. Data was analyzed and validated using content analysis based on the policy triangle framework. Results. Our findings highlighted that certain social and cultural issues related to stigma can impact on awareness-raising processes. It is also necessary to consider HCV directly in the context of government policies. All relevant stakeholders should be included. Continued talks and interactions need to be made between them for the active participation of all actors. Conclusion. The findings of this study can provide useful information for improving, supporting and developing policy processes. Healthcare providers should address all aspects of the disease by 2030 in order to achieve the goal of HCV elimination. Evidencebased planning, support for up-to-date policies and resource mobilization are needed to achieve this ambitious goal. © 2019 Copyright by Pacini Editore Srl, Pisa, Italy.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; content analysis; ethnicity; evidence based practice; female; health care planning; health care policy; Hepatitis C virus; historical period; human; Iran; male; nonhuman; qualitative research; Review; validation study; viral clearance
Subjects: WH Hemic and Lymphatic Systems
Depositing User: eprints admin
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2020 05:49
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2020 05:49

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