Nationwide Data on the Characteristics of Linked-to-Care Chronic Hepatitis B in Korea. Journal of clinical medicine Ju, Y. C., Jun, D. W., Yoon, E. L., Ahn, S. B., Kim, Y. J., Nguyen, M. H. 2021; 10 (20)


Linkage-to-care rate of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is less well characterized. We aimed to evaluate the proportion, characteristics of CHB patients who are linked to care. We retrospectively analyzed insurance reimbursement claims data provided by the Korean National Health Insurance Service. CHB patients who had at least two clinic or hospital visits that were associated with a CHB diagnostic code during 2002-2006 were included. Those without a history of malignancy at baseline were followed up until 2018. Mean follow-up period was 14.5 ± 2.9 years. Among the participants, 553,085 patients (35.8%) were found to be linked to care. The rates were lower in men than women (35.7% vs. 36.0%, p = 0.006). By age, it was highest for the 40's age group at 44.8% and lowest at 29.4% for the 20's age group (All p < 0.0001). The linkage-to-care rate was higher in rural area than metropolitan area (p < 0.0001). The 15-year cumulative incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma and overall survival rates among linked-to-care CHB patients were 18.2% and 93.8%, respectively. Two thirds of CHB patients were not linked to care. Those who are male, dwelling in metropolitan areas, and not in life transition periods need to be targeted to improve the linkage-to-care rate in Korea.

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