Better testing

Trajectories of care: Responses to chronic hepatitis B from testing to diagnosis

Researchers from La Trobe University are undertaking research into the testing and diagnosis experiences of people with hepatitis B in Australia. The research includes interviews with people with hepatitis B and general practitioners (GPs).

The information on this page is for people who may be interested in participating in this research, or who may know someone who might like to take part.

People who have been diagnosed with hepatitis B

We would like to conduct a short interview with you if you are 18 years old or over and have been diagnosed with hepatitis B while living, or visiting, Australia. The interview will last around 30 minutes and can be conducted on the phone or in person if you are living in Victoria. An interpreter can be arranged for the interview. The interviewer will ask about:

  • Your experience being told that you had hepatitis B
  • What information you were given
  • How you found out information about hepatitis B
  • If and how you told family and household members about your hepatitis B

To read the information sheet, please click on the relevant language:

Your participation will be kept completely confidential. There is a small $20 gift in appreciation of your participation.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Lizzie Smith
03 9479 8732
e.smith3@latrobe.edu.au

OR
Jack Wallace
03 9479 8736
j.wallace@latrobe.edu.au

General practitioners

We are also currently recruiting general practitioners who have a high caseload of patients with hepatitis B. For our purposes, a high caseload is defined as one or more patients with hepatitis B a month.

This phase of the research aims to improve patents' experiences and support when tested for, and diagnosed with, hepatitis B, by looking at what information is currently provided and what could be improved. There is a need for more people with hepatitis B to be receiving on-going monitoring and treatment if required and it is hoped that this research will shed light on how this can best be managed and promoted within communities with high incidents of hepatitis B infection.

If you are a general practitioner in Australia and you believe that you have a high caseload (as described above) of patients with hepatitis B we would like to invite you to participate in a short (around 20 minutes) interview. The interview can be conducted over the phone or in person if you are residing in Victoria. You will be compensated for your time.

To read the participant information sheet, please click on the link below:

GP's Information sheet

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Lizzie Smith
03 9479 8732
e.smith3@latrobe.edu.au

OR
Jack Wallace
03 9479 8736
j.wallace@latrobe.edu.au

This project has ethics approval from La Trobe University's Human Research Ethics Committee: HEC14-034F