Concept: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) - Method of Identification
Last Updated: 2023-02-09
This concept provides an overview of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and describes the method used at MCHP to investigate HCV in the administrative data held in the Manitoba Population Research Data Repository. The method includes the algorithm for identifying HCV in the Cadham Provincial Laboratory (CPL) - Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) data. The method was developed to investigate the prevalence of HCV in the population for the MCHP Deliverable,
The 2019 RHA Indicators Atlas
Fransoo et al (2019).
A link to the online research findings is also provided.
The method for determining a positive HCV laboratory test in the RESULTS file of the CPL - LIMS data was established in partnership with the CPL. This involved analyzing the values from two variables in the RESULTS file: ANALYSIS and FORMATTED_ENTRY. The following algorithm was applied to identify positive HCV test results:
Specific Inclusion Criteria:
For more information, please see the
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) definition
in the online Indicator Definitions and Drug Codes document for this research.
if analysis = 'HEPC_VL' then hcv_positive = '1';
if analysis = 'HEPC_GT' and formatted_entry ^in: ( 'Not Tested' ) then hcv_positive = '1';
if analysis = 'HEPC_HCCAG_OVRL' and formatted_entry = 'Positive' then hcv_positive = '1';
if analysis = 'HEPC_HCVAB_OVRL' and formatted_entry = 'Positive' then hcv_positive = '1';
if analysis = 'HEPC_NA' and formatted_entry = 'Positive' then hcv_positive = '1';
- keep only those records that were reported to Manitoba Health (e.g. records with an invalid scrambled PHIN are removed) to reduce duplicate tests and remove 'child' tests.
In the Deliverable
by Fransoo et al. (2019) they investigated the point prevalence of HCV in the population. For more information on the HCV prevalence findings from this research, please see section
4.11 Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Prevalence
in the online deliverable.
- Fransoo R, Mahar A, The Need to Know Team, Anderson A, Prior H, Koseva I, McCulloch S, Jarmasz J, Burchill S.
The 2019 RHA Indicators Atlas.
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy,
2019. [Report] [Summary] [Updates and Errata] [Additional Materials] (View)