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American Academy of Family Physicians Releases Hepatitis C Resource Packet for Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 02, 2003
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
“Family physicians diagnose more cases of hepatitis C than physicians in any other specialty,” said James C. Martin, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “These resources are designed to help our members more effectively manage hepatitis C and help their patients better understand the disease and its treatment.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 4 million people in the United States are infected with the hepatitis C virus, and 3 million of them are unaware of it. Of the 1 million who are being actively treated for the disease, about 700,000 are being treated by family physicians and internists.
The resource packet is part of a multifaceted initiative designed to help family physicians care for their patients who are infected with the hepatitis C virus. Future elements of this initiative will include research to identify barriers to the screening, testing and treatment of patients who have hepatitis C and the development and dissemination of physician and patient tools to improve management of the disease.
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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 94,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care. Please visit www.aafp.org for more information about AAFP.
Editor’s note: The Hepatitis C Resource Packet was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Schering Corporation.
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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