Australians living with and managing hepatitis C

O'Brien, Anthony P., Cross, Wendy M., Higgs, Peter, Munro, Ian, Bloomer, Melissa J. and Chou, Kuei-Ro 2010, Australians living with and managing hepatitis C, Issues in mental health nursing, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 520-524, doi: 10.3109/01612841003629532.

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Title Australians living with and managing hepatitis C
Author(s) O'Brien, Anthony P.
Cross, Wendy M.
Higgs, Peter
Munro, Ian
Bloomer, Melissa J.ORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa J.
Chou, Kuei-Ro
Journal name Issues in mental health nursing
Volume number 31
Issue number 8
Start page 520
End page 524
Total pages 5
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0161-2840
Summary This paper discusses the psychosocial impact of being diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The paper clarifies some of the key misconceptions about the virus, especially the impact HCV has on people who have been recently diagnosed. An individual's reaction to the HCV diagnosis and the subsequent lifestyle challenges to maintain health, well-being, family, and social networks are discussed, particularly the issues surrounding mental health in respect to a recent chronic illness diagnosis and how to manage the trajectory of the illness in the community and individually. HCV disclosure and its effect on intimacy are also detailed.

For people living with both a diagnosed mental illness and HCV, managing the illness can be complicated. Not only are these individuals concerned about their mental illness, its treatment, and the social stigma and discrimination associated with it, they also may be alarmed over their future physical health. The paper is preliminary to research using the psychotherapeutic approach of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in groups of persons with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and HCV.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/01612841003629532
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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