The persistence of underreporting of hepatitis C as an underlying or contributing cause of death, 2011-2017
Spradling PR, Zhong Y, Moorman AC, Rupp LB, Lu M, Teshale EH, Schmidt MA, Daida YG, Boscarino JA, and Gordon SC. The persistence of underreporting of hepatitis C as an underlying or contributing cause of death, 2011-2017. Clin Infect Dis 2021.
Clinical infectious diseases
Using electronic health records, we found that hepatitis C reporting on death certificates of 2,901 HCV-infected decedents from four U.S. healthcare organizations during 2011-2017 was documented in only 50% of decedents with hepatocellular carcinoma and less than half with decompensated cirrhosis. National figures likely underestimate the U.S. HCV mortality burden.
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