In Japan, each prefecture in collaboration with regional core centers is required to train hepatitis medical care coordinators (HMCCs). In this study, we sur-veyed the present status of HMCCs in 17 of the 71 regional core centers. The findings indicated that the number of HMCCs varied from 8 to 77 per regional core center. The proportion of HMCCs who actively contributed to hepatitis patient care also varied from 7.9% to 100%. Among the HMCCs, 50% were nurses, 11% clinical laboratory technicians, 8.0% pharmacists, 8.0% registered dietitians, and 3.5% doctors. The results of the survey show that, in each regional core center, there is a substantial variety in the present status of HMCCs.
- Hepatitis medical care coordinator
- Hepatitis virus
- Regional core center
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