| Published: September 25, 2017
Hepatitis C and Mental Health: A Global and Indian Scenario
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the leading cause of chronic liver disease which affects over 150 million individuals worldwide. Without treatment, one third of patients will develop cirrhosis and complications of end-stage liver disease. In India, the majority of chronic liver disease and related deaths are attributable to hepatitis C. People with HCV infection are likely to have poorer health related quality of life, physical, mental, psychosocial and neuropsychiatric problems. These problems are challenges for management of HCV infection. Mental health treatment is considered crucial in the overall management of HCV infection. A supportive environment and a nonjudgmental healthcare team are required for optimal medical and psychological management of patients with HCV. We present a comparison between mental health of patients with HCV infection in India and globally.
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© 2017 Chaudhary M reproduction
Received: August 17, 2017; Revision Received: September 20, 2017; Accepted: September 25, 2017
Published in Volume 04, Issue 4, July-September, 2017