This study examines the impact of the "Project ECHO" program conducted by the Hepatitis B Foundation on improving the knowledge and competence of primary care providers (PCPs) in managing Hepatitis B (HBV). Despite the availability of evidence-based testing and treatment guidelines for HBV, there is a substantial gap in their use. As a result, chronic HBV is considerably underdiagnosed in the US. Project ECHO on HBV seeks to bridge knowledge gaps by connecting PCPs with expert-guided education on HBV care. The HBV Project ECHO program offers monthly educational webinars. The ongoing sessions focus on key aspects of HBV care including testing, treatment, and prevention, and complications. Participants self-assessed their competence in key aspects of HBV care via pre- and post-session surveys. The assessed topics included: identifying patients for screening, identifying treatment candidates, assessing liver damage, managing HBV patients, and educating others about HBV. Analysis indicates a positive shift in the perceived abilities in all five areas assessed. Similar positive findings were noted when considering the participant’s profession and the number of sessions they attended. The findings emphasize the established role of the ECHO model in empowering PCPs to improve their clinical practices. Ultimately, our findings suggest the program has been successful in its aim to enhance the care of patients with HBV. As the HBV landscape evolves in the US, the flexible and adaptive nature of the ECHO model proves vital in meeting the educational needs of PCPs. This study underscores the importance of continuous evaluation.
Bruckbauer, John, "Enhancing Hepatitis B Care through Project ECHO: A Program Evaluation" (2023). Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations. Presentation 494.