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Hepatitis C, Lymphadenopathy pathways now available

December 9, 2020

CALGARY – Hepatitis C and lymphadenopathy pathways are the latest new additions to Specialist LINK.

The pathways are among 36 access and clinical care pathways now available via the website. Family physicians can also request 45 tele-advice services online or by phone.

Hepatitis C pathway

This clinical pathway that aims to provide evidence-based guidance to support family physicians and nurse practitioners to treat patients with hepatitis C. It was developed as part of a partnership between family physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners and pharmacists from across Alberta.  

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) leads to the most life years lost of any infectious disease in Canada. New HCV treatments cure more than 95 per cent of patients but under the current model of care, most patients with hepatitis C do not receive treatment and a cure.

Alberta Blue Cross and most insurers now allow primary care providers to prescribe treatment for patients without the need for a specialist referral. Primary care providers still have the option to refer patients with hepatitis C for specialist care. The new pathway enables this to occur within the Medical Home, promoting continuity of care.

Lymphadenopathy

The lymphadenopathy pathway aims to help support physicians with patients who have a high likelihood of lymphoma diagnosis, from the point of suspicion through diagnostic work-up and staging to consults.

Early diagnosis can allow for cure but more than 30 per cent of lymphoma patients are diagnosed only after admission to hospital.

For information about the lymphoma diagnosis program at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, please reference this one-page guide

About Specialist LINK

Specialist LINK was launched in 2014 as part of a collaboration between Calgary and area Primary Care Networks, specialists and Alberta Health Services. A non-urgent tele-advice line for family physicians is available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for selected services), excluding statutory holidays. Tele-advice can be requested at specialistlink.ca or by calling 403-910-2551 or toll-free at 1-844-962-5465. Requests are returned within one hour. Clinical care pathways are also available. Please visit specialistlink.ca for more details.


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