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  • Publication # 13-RA004

The March 2014 issue of Research Activities was the last issue of the monthly newsletter. AHRQ is transitioning to a new quarterly thematic publication that will provide longer, more in-depth analyses of individual topics related to AHRQ’s four priority areas. This new publication will be available online  in the Fall.

Research Activities readers will still be able to access published studies by AHRQ and AHRQ-supported researchers on the AHRQ Research Studies Web page, which will be online later this Spring. Studies can be accessed by first author, publication date, and key word.

Thanks to all our readers over the years who have told us how much they have enjoyed the newsletter. We hope our new quarterly publication will be equally useful in learning more about AHRQ and the field of health services research!

For questions, please contact Research Activities managing editor, Gail Makulowich, at or at 301-427-1711.

Review examines Hepatitis C screening effects in adults

Comparative Effectiveness Research

A new research review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Effective Health Care Program has found that although screening strategies for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) can accurately identify adults with the disease, more research is needed to understand the effects of targeted screening strategies in adults. The review also noted that evidence remains limited on the effects of knowing one's HCV status on clinical health outcomes in patients diagnosed with HCV.

This review also discusses the effects that screening has on pregnant women and their ability to pass the infection onto their offspring.  Studies found no clear association between type of birth delivery and risk of transmission in mothers and children, and consistently found no association between breastfeeding and transmission risk.

These findings are available in the research review Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults that can be found at

Page last reviewed January 2013
Internet Citation: Review examines Hepatitis C screening effects in adults: Comparative Effectiveness Research. January 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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