Introduction and Objectives
The Choosing Wisely (CW) initiative aims to improve daily practice supported by evidence concerning unnecessary medical tests, procedures, and treatments. This philosophy is essential in managing viral hepatitis (VH), which primary care physicians increasingly carry out. It is also essential to achieving disease elimination. Thus, the aim of our study was to propose evidence-based CW recommendations in VH.
Materials and Methods
The Brazilian Society of Hepatology (SBH) formed a panel of experts in VH who selected evidence-based CW recommendations, which were subsequently scrutinized and ranked by all members of SBH using a web-based approach.
Five recommendations were chosen in order of importance: 1) do not order anti-HCV testing after achieving sustained virological response; 2) do not request serial HCV viral load to evaluate HCV progression, 3) do not add ribavirin to direct-acting antivirals in non-cirrhotic, naïve HCV patients; 4) do not screen for hepatocellular carcinoma in HCV patients with none to moderate fibrosis (≤ F2); 5) do not request anti-HBs after HBV vaccination, except for children born to HBV-infected mothers, hemodialysis patients, healthcare professionals, people who have had sexual contact with chronic HBV carriers, HIV-positive persons and immunocompromised individuals (hematopoietic stem-cell transplant recipients or persons receiving chemotherapy).
CW recommendations may help general practitioners adopt a more rational and cost-effective approach in managing patients with VH in Brazil and Latin America, leading to lesser waste or harm to patients.