Trends in all cause and viral liver disease-related hospitalizations in people with hepatitis B or C: a population-based linkage study
© Gidding et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Received: 13 July 2010
Accepted: 24 January 2011
Published: 24 January 2011
Previous studies have reported an excess burden of cancer and mortality in populations with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) or C (HCV), but there are limited data comparing hospitalization rates. In this study, we compared hospitalization rates for all causes and viral liver disease in people notified with HBV or HCV in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
HBV and HCV notifications were linked to their hospital (July 2000-June 2006), HIV and death records. Standardized hospitalization ratios (SHRs) were calculated using rates for the NSW population. Random effects Poisson regression was used to examine temporal trends.
The SHR for all causes and non alcoholic liver disease was two-fold higher in the HCV cohort compared with the HBV cohort (SHRs 1.4 (95%CI: 1.4-1.4) v 0.6 (95%CI: 0.6-0.6) and 14.0 (95%CI: 12.7-15.4) v 5.4 (95%CI: 4.5-6.4), respectively), whilst the opposite was seen for primary liver cancer (SHRs 16.2 (95%CI: 13.8-19.1) v 29.1 (95%CI: 24.7-34.2)). HIV co-infection doubled the SHR except for primary liver cancer in the HCV/HIV cohort. In HBV and HCV mono-infected cohorts, all cause hospitalization rates declined and primary liver cancer rates increased, whilst rates for non alcoholic liver disease increased by 9% in the HCV cohort but decreased by 14% in the HBV cohort (P < 0.001).
Hospital-related morbidity overall and for non alcoholic liver disease was considerably higher for HCV than HBV. Improved treatment of advanced HBV-related liver disease may explain why HBV liver-related morbidity declined. In contrast, HCV liver-related morbidity increased and improved treatments, especially for advanced liver disease, and higher levels of treatment uptake are required to reverse this trend.
Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Several data linkage studies have reported an excess burden of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and mortality, particularly from advanced liver disease [1–5]. They also highlight an increased disease burden associated with HBV/HIV, HCV/HIV and HBV/HCV co-infection [2–4, 6]. These population-based studies outline the relative incidence of cancer and mortality, but there are limited data comparing the impact of HBV and HCV infection on hospitalization rates. The one published study compared the average number of hospitalizations for people notified with HBV and HCV with age and sex matched controls but did not examine rates for liver disease or trends over time .
There have been considerable advances in antiviral therapy for HBV and HCV since the mid-1990s. A population-based study examining trends in hospitalization rates, especially for liver-related admissions, may suggest an effect of improved therapy on disease burden. In particular, we hypothesize that trends in hospitalization rates for advanced HBV and HCV-related liver disease may be diverging, given that HBV therapy can be utilized in liver failure [8–10] and has been shown to reverse decompensated liver disease [11–14]. The aim of this study was, therefore, to compare the overall burden and trends in hospitalization rates for all causes and viral liver disease in people notified with HBV or HCV in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
The study cohorts comprised all people notified with acute or chronic HCV or HBV infection in NSW (population 7 million), as recorded on the NSW Notifiable Diseases Database (NDD)  between 1992 (when personal identifiers were first recorded) and 2006. These cohorts were further divided by their co-infection status by linkage of HCV and HBV datasets and obtaining HIV co-infection status by linkage to NSW data from the National HIV Registry (NHR)  and National AIDS Registry (NAR) . The NDD, NHR and NAR records contain demographic information (including full name for NDD and name code [first two letters of surname and given name] for HIV and AIDS notifications) and variables for disease code and diagnosis date.
Hospital admissions for each cohort were obtained from the Admitted Patient Data Collection , a data base which covers all inpatient admissions from all public (including psychiatric) and private hospitals in NSW. The data are collected by financial year (1 July to 30 June) of separation (discharge, transfer, death, or change in admission type within the same hospital). Each admission includes demographic and administrative information and diagnosis and procedure fields coded at separation according to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases-Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM). For our analysis, admissions were categorized by their principal (first) diagnostic code (used to record the main condition responsible for the stay in hospital). Three admission categories were examined: all causes, non alcoholic liver disease (ICD-10-AM codes K71.0-K77.8, diseases of the liver excluding alcoholic liver disease), and primary liver cancer (ICD-10-AM codes C22.0-C22.9, malignant neoplasms of the liver and intrahepatic bile ducts). Patient name has been recorded since 1 July 2000. For this reason, the study period was limited to separations from 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2006 (the most recent year data were available).
The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages  is a registry of all deaths (based on receipt of a medical certificate of cause of death) in NSW and includes the date of death. We used date of death to censor a person's time at risk.
Data linkage was carried out by the Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL) . The NDD, hospitalization and death data were linked using probabilistic record linkage methods and ChoiceMaker software . A random sample of 1000 NDD records and their matched hospitalization and death data were reviewed by the CHeReL with a false positive rate of 0.2% and a false negative rate of less than 0.1%. Full name on the NDD data set was then recoded to name code before linkage with the AIDS/HIV registries using deterministic methods based on a 100% match on name code, date of birth and sex.
For the study cohorts, we examined the distribution of hospitalizations around the time of diagnosis and determined that excluding admissions before or beginning within 14 days of the HCV or HBV diagnosis (or earliest of the two diagnosis dates if co-infected) was sufficient to reduce the bias towards higher rates of admission around the time of diagnosis, as previously noted  (n = 38 922, 15.3%). Consistent with this, cases were considered ineligible if they died before the start of the study period or within 14 days of their diagnosis date, or were diagnosed within 14 days of the end, or after, the study period (n = 6635, 4.8%). Cases missing their age or sex were excluded from the eligible cohort (n = 1406, 1.1%). Duplicate and nested hospital admissions (i.e. an admission within the date range of another admission for the same person) were removed from both the NSW population and cohort admitted patient data collections (0.7% of the 12 615 230 NSW admissions and 0.9% of the 262 834 cohorts' admissions) such that there was only one principal diagnostic code for each time period. Because of the extremely high frequency of admissions with a principal diagnostic code of extracorporeal dialysis (Z49.1; 9% of the NSW and 19% of the cohorts' admissions) we decided to exclude them from the analysis.
Hospitalization rates were calculated using person-years at risk as the denominator. This was calculated for each person as the time 14 days after the HBV or HCV diagnosis or from the start of the study period (whichever was later) until the end of the study period or death (whichever came first). The time at risk included the time spent in hospital as the patient was still at risk of a new episode of care with a different principal diagnosis. Standardized hospitalization ratios (SHRs) were calculated by comparing numbers of admissions with those expected using hospitalization rates for the NSW population by 5 year age group, sex and calendar year. To account for the correlation between hospitalizations for the same person, 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for SHRs were calculated using the method by Stukel et al , and a random effects Poisson regression model  was used to estimate the mean change in hospitalization rates over time. An interaction term between disease cohort and time period was fitted to assess whether hospitalization rate changes differed by cohort, with the significance determined using the likelihood ratio test. Overall rates and SHRs for each admission category were presented for all of the disease cohorts, but trends by age group and over time were only presented where cohort sample sizes were sufficient.
Ethics approval for the use of these confidential health data was granted by the University of NSW and the NSW Population and Health Services Research Ethics Committee.
Description of cohorts
Characteristics of people notified with hepatitis B or C or co-infected with HIV in NSW, Australia
Age [years] at entry into study† median (IQR)
Males N (%)
52 016 (63)
23 105 (54)
Diagnosed with HCV/HBV during study period N (%) †
31 221 (38)
17 054 (40)
Hospitalized during study period N (%) †,‡
33 152 (40)
12 381 (29)
Died during study period N (%) †
Total person years f/up†
Mean person years f/up per person†
All cause hospitalizations
Numbers and rates of hospitalization and standardized ratios for people with hepatitis B or C by HIV co-infection status, July 2000-June 2006
Type of admission
% All liver
Non alcoholic liver disease
Primary liver cancer
Trends in hospitalization rates between 2000 and 2006 in people with hepatitis B or C by HIV co-infection status
Type of admission
Mean % change
-1.9 to -1.3
-5.2 to -3.9
-2.1 to 0.9
-8.7 to 10.2
-29.4 to 2.0
Non alcoholic liver disease
6.1 to 12.9
-19.6 to -8.4
-4.3 to 21.6
48.9 to 747.7
-98.9 to -35.7
Primary liver cancer
33.8 to 51.8
14.4 to 28.6
Non alcoholic liver disease
The highest hospitalization rates and SHRs for non alcoholic liver disease were in the co-infected cohorts (Table 2). Compared with the HBV mono-infected cohort, the HCV mono-infected cohort had significantly higher hospitalization rates and SHRs, and non alcoholic liver disease accounted for a higher proportion of all hospitalizations and all liver disease-related hospitalizations in the cohort (Table 2; P = 0.002 and P < 0.001, respectively).
Hospitalization rates for non alcoholic liver disease demonstrated contrasting trends over time for the HBV and HCV mono-infected cohorts, with a significant increase in the HCV cohort and a significant decrease in the HBV cohort (Table 3). Similarly, within the HIV co-infection cohorts, the hospitalization rate increased for HIV/HCV but decreased for HIV/HBV.
Primary liver cancer
The highest hospitalization rate and SHR for primary liver cancer was in the HIV/HBV co-infection cohort. However, due to the small sample size the SHR was not significantly different to that for other cohorts (Table 2). In the mono-infected cohorts, the SHR was significantly higher for HBV than HCV and primary liver cancer accounted for a higher proportion of all cause and all liver disease-related hospitalizations (P < 0.001 for both). This was in contrast to the comparison for non alcoholic liver disease.
Rates of hospitalization for primary liver cancer increased significantly between 2000 and 2006 for both the HBV and HCV mono-infection cohort (Table 3). However, rates increased significantly faster for the HCV than for the HBV mono-infection cohort (P = 0.028).
Our study revealed contrasting hospital-related morbidity among individuals diagnosed with HBV and HCV infection, and that hospitalization rates were consistently higher in all co-infected cohorts, particularly those with HIV. The all cause and non alcoholic liver disease hospitalization rates and SHRs were two-fold higher in the HCV mono-infection cohort compared with the HBV mono-infection cohort, with all cause rates for HBV mono-infection even lower than in the NSW population. In contrast, the HBV mono-infected cohort had a hospitalization rate and SHR for primary liver cancer close to two-fold higher than that for the HCV mono-infected cohort. Perhaps the most notable contrast, however, is that between 2000 and 2006 rates for non alcoholic liver disease increased significantly in the HCV mono-infected cohort but decreased significantly in the HBV mono-infected cohort. Trends that were further accentuated in the HIV co-infection cohorts and are suggestive of an impact of improved treatment for advanced HBV-related liver disease [8–10, 12, 14].
Contrasting all cause hospital-related morbidity between the HCV and HBV infected cohorts may relate to differing epidemiological patterns and health care utilization. In Australia, it is estimated that over 80% of HCV cases are in Australian-born injecting drug users, infected in their young adult years, with a smaller proportion among immigrants . In contrast, it is estimated that over 50% of HBV cases are immigrants from HBV endemic countries in South-East and North-East Asia  with predominant perinatal or early childhood acquisition. A high proportion of the all cause hospitalizations amongst the HCV cohort in the less than 30 year age group has previously been reported to be lifestyle-related admissions such as drug and alcohol use . Such factors may also explain the high rates of all cause hospitalization in young adults in the HIV co-infected cohorts. The lower rates of hospitalization in the HBV mono-infection cohort compared with the NSW population across all age groups may be due to a 'healthy immigrant' effect or lower levels of health care utilization amongst immigrant populations . If it is the latter explanation, the comparative burden of morbidity associated with HBV may have been underestimated. Reasons for the downward trend in all cause hospitalization rates between 2000 and 2006 for both the HCV and HBV mono infected cohorts are unclear, as rates for the NSW population increased over the same period.
Rates of hospitalization for non alcoholic liver disease and primary liver cancer increased markedly with age in both the HBV and HCV infected cohorts, consistent with previous studies. In a systematic review, hepatic fibrosis progression was found to be non linear and significantly affected by duration of HCV infection . In addition, a large cross sectional study showed that, regardless of the duration of HCV infection, the risk of cirrhosis increased significantly after the age of 50 years . In HBV infection, risk of cirrhosis also increases with age, particularly after 50 years .
As expected, co-infection with HIV increased the burden of morbidity for both the HCV and HBV cohorts. Compared with the mono-infected cohorts, there was at least a two-fold increase in SHRs for all three admission types examined, except for primary liver cancer in the HCV/HIV cohort. HIV co-infection has been shown to be associated with an increased HBV and HCV viral load, a higher rate of fibrosis progression and increased risk of cirrhosis [29–35]. In addition, HIV co-infection has been associated with higher rates of HCC than HCV and HBV mono-infection .
The burden of non alcoholic liver disease was expected have increased during 2000-2006. This is because the disease cohorts are aging, as well as continuing to expand, albeit at a slower rate than in previous decades [37, 38]. However, hospitalization rates for non alcoholic liver disease in the HBV and HBV/HIV cohorts declined during the review period, in contrast to the (expected) upward trend in the HCV and HCV/HIV cohorts. This is unlikely to be due to differential changes in case finding, which remained relatively constant over the review period, but may suggest an impact of HBV treatment at a population level.
There are several factors that may help to explain why HBV treatment has impacted on liver-related morbidity at a population level. First, therapy for HBV improved during the study period. Although lamivudine (available since 1998) can be successfully used to treat advanced HBV-related liver disease , the availability of adefovir (2004) and entacavir (2006), both of which have a higher genetic barrier to resistance than lamivudine, has generally lead to better maintenance of HBV DNA suppression, a further reduction in the risk of liver disease, and even reversal of decompensated liver disease [11, 14]. Second, HBV treatment uptake improved over the study period . Therefore, even though uptake overall remains relatively low in Australia for both HBV (5%) and HCV (1.7%) , patients presenting with HBV-related advanced liver disease would be expected to have high rates of treatment uptake and favourable outcomes [12, 14]. This means that even low levels of HBV treatment uptake may reduce liver-related morbidity. In contrast, patients presenting with HCV-related advanced liver disease have either poor HCV treatment outcomes in the case of compensated cirrhosis , or are not eligible for treatment if decompensated cirrhosis is present.
The greater decline in non alcoholic liver disease hospitalizations for the HIV/HBV cohort compared with the HBV mono-infected cohort adds to the evidence for an impact of HBV therapy at a population level. Tenofovir was approved for HIV treatment in Australia in 2002, prior to approval of adefovir (2004), entecavir (2006) or tenofovir (2008) for HBV mono-infection. Tenofovir provides high and sustained levels of HBV DNA suppression in HIV/HBV and HBV populations, with no described resistance [10, 40], and has been shown to lead to resolution of decompensated liver disease . The earlier introduction and high uptake of tenofovir in HIV infected patients  is consistent with a more rapid decline in non alcoholic liver disease hospitalizations amongst the HBV/HIV co-infected cohort and with an impact of HBV therapy at a population level.
The contrasting trends in non alcoholic liver disease morbidity are consistent with trends for liver transplantation and mortality data. U.S. liver transplant waiting list data showed a 27% decline in HBV-related end stage liver disease registrations between 1999 and 2006 . Similarly, Australian data for 1997-2006 show a decline in the number and proportion of transplant recipients with HBV-related cirrhosis, in contrast to the upward trend for HCV-related cirrhosis . In addition, rates of non-HCC liver deaths in notified cases of HBV in NSW declined by 5% while there was no change in the HCV cohort . The more pronounced trends for hospitalization rates seen in our study may be due to the relatively recent advances in antiviral treatment having a more immediate impact on morbidity than on mortality.
Rates of hospitalization for both HBV- and HCV-related primary liver cancer increased during 2000-2006, consistent with the increasing number of liver cancer diagnoses in Australia [43, 44]. A further contribution to these trends may be increasing management options for primary liver cancer . The higher hospitalization rates for primary liver cancer in the HBV-mono-infected cohort compared with the HCV mono-infected cohort may be because a higher proportion were infected at an early age (in their country of birth) and therefore have a greater cumulative risk of disease progression . This may also explain the high SHRs in the less than 40 year age groups. However, only date of diagnosis (which may occur many years after the date of infection) is reported so we are unable to confirm what age cases were infected. Another reason for the difference may be that HBV-related liver cancer can occur in the absence of cirrhosis due to the direct oncogenic affects of the HBV virus . Therefore, even if the overall cirrhosis risk is similar there may be a greater risk of liver cancer in HBV cases. Our results are consistent with other populations-based linkage studies in Australia which show higher mortality from, and incidence of, liver cancer in people with HBV compared to those with HCV [1, 42].
The major strength of our study is that it is a large population-based linkage study including HIV co-infection status. By linkage of the cohorts to their hospital records we were also able to account for the correlation between hospitalizations for the same patient in our analyses of changes over time. The temporal trends presented here may therefore differ from the crude rate changes reported in other studies that were unable to account for within patient clustering or increases in the HCV and HBV infected population [48–50].
Population-based studies have some methodological limitations. In particular, caution needs to be exercised when comparing the different cohorts as some of the differences may be due to unmeasured confounding factors. Differences in the overall burden and trends over time may be due to variations in health care utilization rather than differences in actual morbidity. Second, while the aim of our study was to examine morbidity in cases of chronic HBV and HCV infection, more than 65% of HBV records and 77% of HCV records did not specify whether a case was acute or chronic and only 2% and 1% of cases, respectively, were recorded as newly acquired. For this reason all records were included, which would lead to an underestimate chronic HBV and HCV-related morbidity as some of the notified cases may have cleared their infection. However, it is estimated that 74% HCV infections are chronic  and most notified cases of HBV are also likely to be chronic given that a high proportion are thought to have acquired their infection in endemic countries during childhood . Third, we were unable to exclude members of the disease cohorts from the reference (NSW) population. Although the cohorts only accounted for 1.5% of all cause hospitalizations in the NSW population, they accounted for one quarter of the liver cancer and 19% of the non alcoholic liver disease admissions. A comparison with the non infected population would therefore have yielded higher SHRs. Fourth, identifiers for matching HIV cases were not complete, so some of the HBV and HCV mono-infected cohort may include HIV positive cases, but again this would only lead to an underestimate of morbidity associated with HIV co-infection. Fifth, hospital data with identifiers for linkage were only available for a six year period from June 2000, so the trends identified here need to be monitored for a longer period of time. Sixth, there is likely to be some misclassification of alcoholic and non alcoholic liver disease diagnoses. However, this misclassification is likely to be non differential and there were no changes to the coding procedure over the period of the review. Therefore coding errors are unlikely to explain any divergent trends. Finally, for some of the analyses there were too few cases of HIV co-infected patients to examine trends.
Our population-based study indicates that hospital-related morbidity overall and for non alcoholic liver disease is considerably higher in notified cases with HCV than in those with chronic HBV and that the gap in morbidity associated with these conditions is widening. The decline in HBV-related liver disease may, at least in part, be due to improved treatment of advanced HBV-related liver disease and the greater reduction in morbidity from non alcoholic liver disease in the HBV/HIV infected cohort supports this assertion. For the HCV infected cohort, liver-related morbidity is increasing and improved treatments, especially for advanced liver disease, and higher levels of treatment uptake are required to reverse this trend.
The authors would like to thank Lee Taylor, Kim Lim, and the staff at the CHeReL (especially Katie Irvine, Anita Bobba, and Glenda Lawrence) for their advice and conducting the data linkage. The NSW Department of Health, especially Kate Ward, are acknowledged as the data custodians and for their advice. We acknowledge the University of New South Wales for a Health Data Linkage grant to support the cost of record linkage. The National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (NCHECR) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the position of the Australian Government. NCHECR is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.
- Amin J, Dore GJ, O'Connell DL, Bartlett M, Tracey E, Kaldor JM, Law MG: Cancer incidence in people with hepatitis B or C infection: a large community-based linkage study. J Hepatol. 2006, 45 (2): 197-203. 10.1016/j.jhep.2006.02.014.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Amin J, Law MG, Bartlett M, Kaldor JM, Dore GJ: Causes of death after diagnosis of hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection: a large community-based linkage study. Lancet. 2006, 368 (9539): 938-945. 10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69374-4.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Duberg A-S, Torner A, Davidsdottir L, Aleman S, Blaxhult A, Svensson A, Hultcrantz R, Back E, Ekdahl K: Cause of death in individuals with chronic HBV and/or HCV infection, a nationwide community-based register study. J Viral Hepat. 2008, 15 (7): 538-550. 10.1111/j.1365-2893.2008.00982.x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- McDonald SA, Hutchinson SJ, Bird SM, Mills PR, Dillon J, Bloor M, Robertson C, Donaghy M, Hayes P, Graham L, Goldberg DJ: A population-based record linkage study of mortality in hepatitis C-diagnosed persons with or without HIV coinfection in Scotland. Stat Methods Med Res. 2009, 18 (3): 271-283. 10.1177/0962280208094690.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- McDonald SA, Hutchinson SJ, Bird SM, Robertson C, Mills PR, Dillon JF, Goldberg DJ: A record-linkage study of the development of hepatocellular carcinoma in persons with hepatitis C infection in Scotland. Br J Cancer. 2008, 99 (5): 805-810. 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604563.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Omland LH, Jepsen P, Skinhoj P, Jorgensen HL, Munster AMB, Bangsborg J, Fenger M, Sorensen HT, Obel N: The impact of HIV-1 co-infection on long-term mortality in patients with hepatitis C: a population-based cohort study. HIV Medicine. 2009, 10 (2): 65-71. 10.1111/j.1468-1293.2008.00652.x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Steinke DT, Weston TL, Morris AD, MacDonald TM, Dillon JF: Epidemiology and economic burden of viral hepatitis: an observational population based study. Gut. 2002, 50 (1): 100-105. 10.1136/gut.50.1.100.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Chang T-T, Lai C-L, Kew Yoon S, Lee SS, Coelho HSM, Carrilho FJ, Poordad F, Halota W, Horsmans Y, Tsai N, Zhang H, Tenney DJ, Tamez R, Iloeje U: Entecavir treatment for up to 5 years in patients with hepatitis B e antigen-positive chronic hepatitis B. Hepatology. 2010, 51 (2): 422-430.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Liaw Y-F, Gane E, Leung N, Zeuzem S, Wang Y, Lai CL, Heathcote EJ, Manns M, Bzowej N, Niu J, Han S-H, Hwang SG, Cakaloglu Y, Tong MJ, Papatheodoridis G, Chen Y, Brown NA, Albanis E, Galil K, Naoumov NV, The Globe Study Group: 2-Year GLOBE trial results: telbivudine is superior to lamivudine in patients with chronic hepatitis B. Gastroenterology. 2009, 136 (2): 486-495. 10.1053/j.gastro.2008.10.026.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Marcellin P, Heathcote EJ, Buti M, Gane E, de Man RA, Krastev Z, Germanidis G, Lee SS, Flisiak R, Kaita K, Manns M, Kotzev I, Tchernev K, Buggisch P, Weilert F, Kurdas OO, Shiffman ML, Trinh H, Washington MK, Sorbel J, Anderson J, Snow-Lampart A, Mondou E, Quinn J, Rousseau F: Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate versus adefovir dipivoxil for chronic hepatitis B. N Engl J Med. 2008, 359 (23): 2442-2455. 10.1056/NEJMoa0802878.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Chang T-T, Liaw Y-F, Wu S-S, Schiff E, Han K-H, Lai C-L, Safadi R, Lee SS, Halota W, Goodman Z, Chi Y-C, Zhang H, Hindes R, Iloeje U, Beebe S, Kreter B: Long-term entecavir therapy results in the reversal of fibrosis/cirrhosis and continued histological improvement in patients with chronic hepatitis B. Hepatology. 2010, 52 (3): 886-893. 10.1002/hep.23785.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Liaw Y-F, Sung JJY, Chow WC, Farrell G, Lee C-Z, Yuen H, Tanwandee T, Tao Q-M, Shue K, Keene ON, Dixon JS, Gray DF, Sabbat J, Cirrhosis Asian Lamivudine Multicentre Study Group: Lamivudine for patients with chronic hepatitis B and advanced liver disease. N Engl J Med. 2004, 351 (15): 1521-1531. 10.1056/NEJMoa033364.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Matthews GV, Cooper DA, Dore GJ: Improvements in parameters of end-stage liver disease in patients with HIV/HBV-related cirrhosis treated with tenofovir. Antiviral Therapy. 2007, 12 (1): 119-122.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Schiff ER, Lai C-L, Hadziyannis S, Neuhaus P, Terrault N, Colombo M, Tillmann HL, Samuel D, Zeuzem S, Lilly L, Rendina M, Villeneuve J-P, Lama N, James C, Wulfsohn MS, Namini H, Westland C, Xiong S, Choy GS, Van Doren S, Fry J, Brosgart CL, The Adefovir Dipovoxil Study 435 International Investigators Group: Adefovir dipivoxil therapy for lamivudine-resistant hepatitis B in pre- and post-liver transplantation patients. Hepatology. 2003, 38 (6): 1419-1427.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Population Health Division: The health of the people of New South Wales - Report of the Chief Health Officer. 2009, Sydney: NSW Department of HealthGoogle Scholar
- McDonald AM, Crofts N, Kaldor JM, National HIV Surveillance Committee: A national surveillance system for newly acquired HIV infection in Australia. Am J Public Health. 1994, 84 (12): 1923-1928. 10.2105/AJPH.84.12.1923.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Kaldor J, McDonald AM, Blumer CE, Gertig DM, Patten JJ, Roberts M, Walker CC, Mullins SE, Bailey KA, Chuah JCP: The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in Australia: incidence 1982 - 1991. Med J Aust. 1993, 158: 10-17.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- The Centre for Health Record Linkage. [http://www.cherel.org.au]
- ChoiceMaker Technologies Inc: New York, NY10010.
- Stukel TA, Glynn RJ, Fisher ES, Sharp SM, Lu-Yao G, Wennberg JE: Standardized rates of recurrent outcomes. Stat Med. 1994, 13 (17): 1781-1791. 10.1002/sim.4780131709.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Kirkwood BR, Sterne JAC: Essential medical statistics. 2003, Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Science Ltd, 2Google Scholar
- Razali K, Thein H, Bell J, Cooper-Stanbury M, Dolan K, Dore GJ, George J, Kaldor JM, Karvelas M, Li J, Maher L, McGregor S, Hellard M, Poeder F, Quaine J, Stewart K, Tyrrell H, Weltman M, Westcott O, Wodak A, Law M: Modelling the hepatitis C virus epidemic in Australia. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2007, 91 (2-3): 228-235. 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2007.05.026.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- O'Sullivan BG, Gidding HF, Law M, Kaldor JM, Gilbert GL, Dore GJ: Estimates of chronic hepatitis B virus infection in Australia, 2000. Aust NZ J Public Health. 2004, 28 (3): 212-216.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Gidding HF, Amin J, Dore GJ, Ward K, Law MG: Hospital-related morbidity in people notified with hepatitis C; a population-based record linkage study in New South Wales, Australia. J Hepatol. 2010, 53: 43-49. 10.1016/j.jhep.2010.01.036.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Singh GK, Siahpush M: Ethnic-immigrant differentials in health behaviors, morbidity, and cause-specific mortality in the United States: an analysis of two national data bases. Hum Biol. 2002, 74 (1): 83-109. 10.1353/hub.2002.0011.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Thein H-H, Yi Q, Dore GJ, Krahn MD: Estimation of stage-specific fibrosis progression rates in chronic hepatitis C virus infection: a meta-analysis and meta-regression. Hepatology. 2008, 48 (2): 418-431. 10.1002/hep.22375.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Poynard T, Ratziu V, Charlotte F, Goodman Z, McHutchison J, Albrecht J: Rates and risk factors of liver fibrosis progression in patients with chronic hepatitis C. J Hepatol. 2001, 34 (5): 730-739. 10.1016/S0168-8278(00)00097-0.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Iloeje UH, Yang H-I, Su J, Jen C-L, You S-L, Chen C-J, Risk Evaluation of Viral Load E, Associated Liver Disease/Cancer-In HBVSG: Predicting cirrhosis risk based on the level of circulating hepatitis B viral load. Gastroenterology. 2006, 130 (3): 678-686. 10.1053/j.gastro.2005.11.016.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Benhamou Y, Bochet M, Di Martino V, Charlotte F, Azria F, Coutellier A, Vidaud M, Bricaire F, Opolon P, Katlama C, Poynard T, The Multivirc Group: Liver fibrosis progression in human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus coinfected patients. Hepatology. 1999, 30 (4): 1054-1058. 10.1002/hep.510300409.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Goedert JJ, Eyster ME, Lederman MM, Mandalaki T, De Moerloose P, White GC, Angiolillo AL, Luban NLC, Sherman KE, Manco-Johnson M, Preiss L, Leissinger C, Kessler CM, Cohen AR, DiMichele D, Hilgartner MW, Aledort LM, Kroner BL, Rosenberg PS, Hatzakis A: End-stage liver disease in persons with hemophilia and transfusion-associated infections. Blood. 2002, 100 (5): 1584-1589.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Sagnelli E, Coppola N, Scolastico C, Filippini P, Santantonio T, Stroffolini T, Piccinino F: Virologic and clinical expressions of reciprocal inhibitory effect of hepatitis B, C, and delta viruses in patients with chronic hepatitis. Hepatology. 2000, 32 (5): 1106-1110. 10.1053/jhep.2000.19288.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Thein H-H, Yi Q, Dore GJ, Krahn MD: Natural history of hepatitis C virus infection in HIV-infected individuals and the impact of HIV in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy: a meta-analysis. AIDS. 2008, 22 (15): 1979-1991. 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32830e6d51.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zarski JP, Bohn B, Bastie A, Pawlotsky JM, Baud M, Bost-Bezeaux F, Tran van Nhieu J, Seigneurin JM, Buffet C, Dhumeaux D: Characteristics of patients with dual infection by hepatitis B and C viruses. J Hepatol. 1998, 28 (1): 27-33. 10.1016/S0168-8278(98)80198-0.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bodsworth N, Donovan B, Nightingale BN: The effect of concurrent human immunodeficiency virus infection on chronic hepatitis B: a study of 150 homosexual men. J Infect Dis. 1989, 160 (4): 577-582.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Puoti M, Torti C, Bruno R, Filice G, Carosi G: Natural history of chronic hepatitis B in co-infected patients. J Hepatol. 2006, 44 (1 Suppl): S65-70. 10.1016/j.jhep.2005.11.015.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Puoti M, Bruno R, Soriano V, Donato F, Gaeta GB, Quinzan GP, Precone D, Gelatti U, Asensi V, Vaccher E, Group HHCI-S: Hepatocellular carcinoma in HIV-infected patients: epidemiological features, clinical presentation and outcome. AIDS. 2004, 18 (17): 2285-2293. 10.1097/00002030-200411190-00009.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gidding HF, Topp L, Middleton M, Robinson K, Hellard M, McCaughan G, Maher L, Kaldor JM, Dore GJ, Law MG: The epidemiology of hepatitis C in Australia: Notifications, treatment uptake and liver transplantations, 1997-2006. J Gast Hepatol. 2009, 24 (10): 1648-1654. 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2009.05910.x.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research: HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia Annual Surveillance Report 2009. 2009, University of NSW, SydneyGoogle Scholar
- Cheng WSC, Roberts S, Weltman M, Crawford DHG, Sievert W, McCaughan G, Rawlinson W, Desmond P, Yoshihara M, Rizkalla B, DePamphilis J, Marks P, Dore GJ: Efficacy and safety of Peginterferon alfa-2A 360 μg/week in combination with ribavirin in hepatitis C genotype 1 patients with cirrhosis: analysis from the CHARIOT study. J Hepatol. 2009, 50: S221-10.1016/S0168-8278(09)60603-6.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Dore GJ, Cooper DA, Pozniak AL, DeJesus E, Zhong L, Miller MD, Lu B, Cheng AK, Study T, Study T: Efficacy of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in antiretroviral therapy-naive and -experienced patients coinfected with HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus. J Infect Dis. 2004, 189 (7): 1185-1192. 10.1086/380398.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Kim WR, Terrault NA, Pedersen RA, Therneau TM, Edwards E, Hindman AA, Brosgart CL: Trends in waiting list registration for liver transplantation for viral hepatitis in the United States. Gastroenterology. 2009, 137 (5): 1680-1686. 10.1053/j.gastro.2009.07.047.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Walter SR, Thein H-H, Amin J, Gidding HF, Ward K, Law MG, George J, Dore GJ: Trends in mortality after diagnosis of hepatitis B or C infection: 1992-2006. J Hepatol. 2010,Google Scholar
- Amin J, O'Connell D, Bartlett M, Tracey E, Kaldor J, Law M, Dore G: Liver cancer and hepatitis B and C in New South Wales, 1990-2002: a linkage study. Aust NZ J Public Health. 2007, 31 (5): 475-482. 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00121.x.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Alam N, Chen W, Baker D, Bishop J: Liver Cancer in New South Wales Sydney. 2009, Cancer Institute NSWGoogle Scholar
- Kim WR, Gores GJ, Benson JT, Therneau TM, Melton LJ: Mortality and hospital utilization for hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States. Gastroenterology. 2005, 129 (2): 486-493.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Fattovich G, Stroffolini T, Zagni I, Donato F: Hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhosis: incidence and risk factors. Gastroenterology. 2004, 127 (5 Suppl 1): S35-50. 10.1053/j.gastro.2004.09.014.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Blum HE, Moradpour D: Viral pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2002, 17 (Suppl 3): S413-420. 10.1046/j.1440-1746.17.s3.37.x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Grant WC, Jhaveri RR, McHutchison JG, Schulman KA, Kauf TL: Trends in health care resource use for hepatitis C virus infection in the United States. Hepatology. 2005, 42 (6): 1406-1413. 10.1002/hep.20941.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Myers RP, Liu M, Shaheen AA: The burden of hepatitis C virus infection is growing: a Canadian population-based study of hospitalizations from 1994 to 2004. Can J Gastroenterol. 2008, 22 (4): 381-387.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Thomson SJ, Westlake S, Rahman TM, Cowan ML, Majeed A, Maxwell JD, Kang J-Y: Chronic liver disease--an increasing problem: a study of hospital admission and mortality rates in England, 1979-2005, with particular reference to alcoholic liver disease. Alcohol Alcohol. 2008, 43 (4): 416-422.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Micallef JM, Kaldor JM, Dore GJ: Spontaneous viral clearance following acute hepatitis C infection: a systematic review of longitudinal studies. J Viral Hepat. 2006, 13 (1): 34-41. 10.1111/j.1365-2893.2005.00651.x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- The pre-publication history for this paper can be accessed here:http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/52/prepub
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.