This knowledge questionnaire has been developed by the EMCDDA as part of its initiative to increase access to hepatitis C care through drug services. The main aims of the knowledge questionnaire are:
- to refresh knowledge on hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission, testing and care for people who inject drugs (PWID) among those working in drug treatment settings;
- to increase awareness of staff of the importance of knowing their own status;
- to provide a tool for managers of drug treatment facilities, or other actors, who would like to identify the training needs of staff.
The knowledge questionnaire covers a wide range of aspects regarding HCV and HBV such as prevalence, routes of transmission, prevention measures, treatment and testing options, and international recommendations on testing and treatment. It consists of a series of true statements which provide factual information on viral hepatitis and it can be administered as an online survey or on paper. The answer format ‘I knew it already’ or ‘This is new to me’ allows participants to assess their own level of knowledge and refresh it, which facilitates an honest self-assessment, avoiding a test situation with true or false statements, that may feel threatening.