Present status of hepatitis medical care coordinators in regional core centers in Japan

Masaru Enomoto, Isao Hidaka, Taisuke Inoue, Hiroshi Isoda, Tatsuya Ide, Yoshihisa Arao, Yoshihito Uchida, Takako Inoue, Tadashi Ikegami, Satoru Kakizaki, Hiroko Setoyama, Tetsuro Shimakami, Koji Ogawa, Atsushi Suetsugu, Jun Inoue, Mizuki Endo, Kenji Nagata, Masaaki Korenaga

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In Japan, each prefecture in collaboration with regional core centers is required to train hepatitis medical care coordinators (HMCCs). In this study, we sur-veyed the present status of HMCCs in 17 of the 71 regional core centers. The findings indicated that the number of HMCCs varied from 8 to 77 per regional core center. The proportion of HMCCs who actively contributed to hepatitis patient care also varied from 7.9% to 100%. Among the HMCCs, 50% were nurses, 11% clinical laboratory technicians, 8.0% pharmacists, 8.0% registered dietitians, and 3.5% doctors. The results of the survey show that, in each regional core center, there is a substantial variety in the present status of HMCCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-98
Number of pages3
JournalActa Hepatologica Japonica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Hepatitis medical care coordinator
  • Hepatitis virus
  • Regional core center


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