Project ECHO: a Revolutionary Approach to Expanding Access to Modern Treatments for Hepatitis C
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- Thornton, K., Deming, P., Struminger, B. et al. Curr Hepatology Rep (2016) 15: 178. doi:10.1007/s11901-016-0308-8
Despite the introduction of direct-acting antivirals which simplified treatment and significantly increased cure rates, hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment barriers persist. The number of HCV specialists is limited, particularly in rural and medically underserved areas, and patients often do not have access to care and treatment. Project ECHO was developed to increase the number of patients optimally treated for HCV through their local primary care clinics. Since its inception, the ECHO model has been used to improve HCV access across the USA and globally. Project ECHO and the ECHO model represent a revolutionary approach to expanding access to treatment for HCV.